How To Survive Cubicle Life

I recently hit the 4 year mark at my current job which is so crazy for me to even think about.  It actually took me almost a year to put up some decorations because I really didn’t want to make it feel “too homey”.  I still try to keep things pretty simple & don’t like a lot of clutter.  Since most of my job is done on the computer, I don’t have a lot of loose papers around or file folders full of stuff.  I utilize our online resources rather than printing off every single update or memo that they send out to us & keeping a hard copy of it.  Some people have tons of three ring binders full of papers which would drive me bonkers!

Without further adieu, these are a few ways to survive the 40 hour work week in a cubicle farm.  (Please excuse the awful office lighting in these pictures)

Fun Office Supplies

I am such a sucker for office supplies– pens, notebooks, post it notes, highlighters, you name it.  I find a lot of items from the Dollar Spot at Target or TJ Maxx. I have to use a notebook or some type of paper on a regular basis when I’m on the phone with clients or just having to write down my observations as I’m working on something.  Having a fun notebook compared to a boring legal pad makes it a little bit better, right?  The mason jar is actually a decoration from our wedding & the fake succulent plant is from Target.

Pictures & Decorations

As you can see, the walls are pretty blah.  I couldn’t stand looking at the taupe colored walls so I had to put up a few pictures.  The zebra print canvases were a gift from Curtis several years ago (no, he didn’t paint them but got them from someone he knew).  I didn’t have a place to put them in our apartment so I brought them to work awhile back to put on the wall since I love animal print.  I have my medal & race bib from Trek Up The Tower last year displayed as well as I wasn’t sure where else to put them.  The jars & flowers were wedding decorations and the little elephant is from a store in China Town when we visited Chicago last summer.

Drinks

Water is necessary throughout the day for me & I am so thankful to have an ice machine!  I found this bottle at the Dollar Tree and fill it up at least twice a day.

And #1 most important thing for working in a cubicle…..

Headphones

These are my savior.  I can put them in, turn up the volume, and block out of all of the coughing, throat clearing, hacking, sneezing, tapping, personal phone conversations, etc.  Even though the cubicle walls are over 5 feet tall, they don’t block out anything.  I feel like I am sitting right next to my neighbors sometimes.  I changed the position of my computer to try to put some of the distracting sounds behind me rather than having them to the left (it didn’t help).  If your office doesn’t allow headphones, I’m so sorry.  I would go crazy if I didn’t have these sometimes.

What else do you use to survive the cube farm or office?

Linking up with Jenn & Jessi for What’s Hap-pinning Wednesday!

8 Comments

  1. LOL you dont want to see my desk/cubicle. I have zero pictures but I have a shit ton of conceptual solution diagrams, a white board with database structures and dataflow diagrams scribbled all over it . I’ve been here for good part of 15/16 years and whatever desk I occupy doesn’t change 🙂

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    1. Megan
      February 15, 2017

      I really can’t make it feel too much like home even though I spend 40+ hours/week there. I just need something other than the god awful gray fabric walls!

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  2. Jessie @ Just Jessie
    February 15, 2017

    Ugh, I just got back into cubical farm land and it’s THE WORST. I mean, my office was loud at my last job, but this is a whole other story. Headphones are definitely a Godsend!
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    1. Megan
      February 15, 2017

      Oh no 🙁 I thought you had your own office before?? I totally feel you on the loudness. I cannot survive without headphones! My job requires a lot of phone conversations which I get to hear all the time. Not to mention it seems like people are constantly sick & coughing/hacking/etc. Ugh!

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  3. Jessi's Design
    February 15, 2017

    So cute! I think you nailed it! xo
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    1. Megan
      February 15, 2017

      Thanks! Cubicle life is so much fun, haha. A separate office someday would be so great!

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  4. Miranda
    February 17, 2017

    I’m not in a cubicle, but I am in an office and I agree with all of these. Especially #1…headphones are a lifesaver! 🙂

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    1. Megan
      February 20, 2017

      Yes they are! 🙂 I get so distracted (and irritated) when I can hear other people’s conversations or if they are sick & coughing all the time.

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