04/26/2012 06:49 pm ET Updated Jun 26, 2012

Is Your Office Inspiring?

You spend at least a third of your life there. You're there for most waking hours. It's where you work most closely with other people. And yet, it looks plain, uninspiring, and probably outright depressing. Your surroundings have more of an impact on your creativity and productivity than you may think. That's why you need to be more intentional about your office, cubicle, spare bedroom, table, or wherever you work.

Dress it up with things that ignite your creativity. Put up inspiring or provocative posters. If plants turn you on, then get them. Bring in great resources and the right books. Put up a few family pictures.

Most important: Stop complaining that the company or organization won't give you a decorating budget. Hey -- it's your office and your life, so stop blaming and start taking charge. Make sure it reflects your personality and style. Make a statement. Use your office as a calling card for everyone that visits. Make it part of your personal brand.

Embrace every aspect of your life that enhances your creativity and productivity.

And let's start with that drab office...