Populating your workspace with things that move you is a known way to help you keep your eye on the prize. When you’ve identified what you want — career goals, financial milestones or even a dream vacation — then photos, clippings and symbols can serve as motivating prompts to keep you fired up and moving toward success. Displaying them can be done in many ways, as this creative collection reveals. Prepare to be inspired.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.”
— Maya Angelou
Frame it. Replace a framed print or painting you no longer love with a corkboard from the hardware store or stationery supply shop — it can easily be trimmed to size with a utility knife.
“Just try new things. Don’t be afraid. Step out of your comfort zones and soar, all right?”
— Michelle Obama
Get out the painter’s tape. A series of painted corkboards has transformed the wall of this home office. Simply tape the parts you want to leave plain and paint the rest. Peel off the tape when the paint is almost dry.
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“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.”
— Malala Yousafzai
Create a blank canvas. Sturdy thumbtacks can usually be pushed into drywall, eliminating the need for a bulletin board. Paint the wall with chalkboard paint and you can scribble as well as tape or pin up whatever inspires you.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
— George Eliot
Clip it to wire. A simple wire grid from the hardware store is all it takes to make your home office more motivating. Mini clothespins or bulldog clips will keep your treasures in place.
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Repurpose an old shutter. Plantation shutters aren’t just for windows. Lean one or two up against the wall behind your desk and you’ve got an instant pinboard — without the pins.
“You don’t have to be someone special to achieve something amazing. You’ve just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard.”
— Jessica Watson
Cover a corkboard with fabric. You can create exactly the backdrop you want with this approach. Use a staple gun or thumbtacks on the back to keep the fabric taut and in place.
Originally published at medium.com