Let there be office plants

For our March edition of Inspiration Day, we headed off on an office plant buying mission to Starke Ayres in Rosebank.

If you’ve never been to this nursery, you should change that – it’s such a lovely place. So is their tea room.

We began choosing a mixture of hanging plants and larger pot plants. Goal: office jungle on a budget.

I was drawn into conversation by a lady who was collecting signatures for a water saving campaign. She asked if all the plants we were choosing were going to live in the same place, and I told her they were for our office.

She said: “I’ve been watching you ladies and I just want to tell you that I think it’s so wonderful how you all ask one another’s opinions and decide what to choose together so nicely. It must be a very nice place to work, your office.”

She’s not wrong.

We got everything we needed neatly under budget – so the obvious reward was lunch at the tea room, complete with a puppy with oversized ears (which unfortunately had to be left behind).

“Can we get this for smoke breaks?”

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Desk habits

Sitting at a desk all day is not healthy, but something that’s a reality for most of us. We’ve compiled a few tips to help keep your body happy:

Practice the 20/20/20 rule

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Every 20 minutes look at something 20 feet (six metres) away for 20 seconds. By refocusing your eyes, you’ll prevent eyestrain.

Stand up | Stretch | Go for a little walk

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Stretching is a great way to clear your head and reset your brain. Try to stand up as often as you can and find tasks that you can do while standing. Going for a little walk around the office, office building or the street outside is a great way to give your eyes, body and brain a break from your desk.

Clean your desk and electronics

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Make sure that your desk is dusted and cleaned properly at least once a week. Studies have shown that keyboards are dirtier than toilet seats. Buy yourself a PC cleaning kit like this or this.

Ditch the clutter

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Keep the contents of your desk relevant. If you don’t need it, get rid of it. Seriously – just throw it away!

Lunch

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Do not eat lunch at your desk. Stand up, move around and find a lunch spot elsewhere that works for you. Eating lunch away from your desk may lead to increased interaction with your co-workers and potentially even friends!

Fostering a culture of continuous learning

We’re part of a world that continuously pushes us to become better at what we do. But to do that we need to upskill ourselves. For many of us, taking time at the office to learn something new sounds like a scenario you would only encounter if you worked in Silicon Valley. But that’s simply not true.

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