The practice of romanticizing your life has been a viral sensation on social media, and like almost any other trend I see on TikTok, I’m totally obsessed with it. This romanticizing trend is a new way of exploring mindfulness and paying attention to the beauty in the little things around you.
From running errands to bedtime routines, it is possible to elevate all the different areas of your life through the act of romanticizing, making the mundane, everyday tasks more joyful and exciting. The practice is not just reserved for the day-to-day—you can romanticize your career as well.
Your 9 to 5 probably isn’t something you would consider as enjoyable. Rather, it might give you the feeling of being tied down. Even people who are passionate about what they do for a living have days when they’re unhappy with work. However, there are ways to make your job more gratifying while still climbing the corporate ladder.
Create a space with main character energy
The first step to adding more joy to your job is to personalize your workspace. Yes, all you really might need is a desk, a computer, a water bottle, and some snacks nearby. But when you look past functionality and incorporate fun little accessories, it can make your day feel that much brighter.
Try lighting some fall candles to get yourself in a more positive mood. Or keep a cute, cozy blanket within arm’s length that you can easily reach for when you get cold. I like to color coordinate everything from my pens and sticky notes to my keyboard and office chair—light pink and gold is my go-to theme. The little things can really help enhance your mood on a daily basis.
Be present with your senses
When romanticizing your life in general, tuning in to your senses is key. To bring this into your work, run through a list of touch, sound, smell, and taste each morning before work.
Focus on being present in the moment and notice the feel of your clothing, the birds chirping outside your window, the fragrance of your morning coffee, and the taste of your breakfast. Putting in the effort to pay attention to your daily sensory experience can help you find a greater appreciation in your work routine.