Everywhere I go, I bring a little Disney with me. This includes – and perhaps especially – my workplace. It‘s my way of bringing a little personality in to those 8 hour days and the in between my trips “home.”
Of course, I know there is a fine line between professionalism and going over the top, especially in a corporate world where a lot of offices, at times, frown upon over accessorizing. So how do you let your Disney side come through at work without being that annoying Disney person? (editor’s note: Is there really such a thing as an “annoying” Disney person??) Here are some of my own personal tips:
1. Subtle is sometimes all you need:
Call me old fashioned, but I still like looking at a physical calendar. Yes, I realize I have a calendar built in to my phone but half the time I ignore it. For a while I worked in an environment where we weren’t allowed cell phones on so it just got easier to have something in front of me. Every December I pick out a Disney themed calendar to display. Last year it was Beauty and The Beast, this year it is Thomas Kinkade Disney Calendar. It is not over the top, but enough to make me smile.
2. Office supplies:
A couple years ago I picked up these cute baby Disney magnets while I was at Walt Disney World. They became a hit. They weren’t in your face, but sure beat the plan white ones offered by my own office supply closet. Besides that, it made for some great conversations at my desk, and whenever there was a kid around, they enjoyed the distraction. If you’re looking for a place to grab some, The World of Disney store at Disney Springs has some great supplies to snag such as notepads, pens, magnets and even some great mini speakers.
3. Accessorize your Desk (but keep it simple):
My husband got me a Disney sign with a cute saying on it. He picked it up at a Hallmark one year. It proudly sits on my desk as a constant reminder that I can do anything. It also serves as a great reminder that I am never to far from magic and Disney. And I am pretty sure it has helped me get through the day once or twice. While I don’t like to junk up my desk (because its not the largest area to begin with) the small sign is perfect. Again, Hallmark has some great options if you are looking to spruce up your work area.
4. Accessorize yourself:
For the longest time I had a Disney Vera Bradley lanyard. When it broke I kept the Mickey head and attached it to my required company issued lanyard. It has become one of my most complimented accessories around the office. As well as my most recognizable! When I started a new role within my organization a couple of weeks ago, it was the first thing that was noticed. Now truly wherever I go or whatever marathon meeting I have to sit through, I truly take a little Disney with me.
5. Odds and Ends:
Sometimes it’s the random small things that truly make it. Like that resort mug you bring in to use from that most recent trip. Or that desktop wallpaper of the parks you have proudly display on your computer screen. I have even brought in a pin, a Vinylmation and a Tsum Tsum. Usually this is only after I have been there a while and they are well aware of my love for all things Disney. Yes, I have been asked to calm it down from time to time. Ultimately the goal wherever I am is to make my environment a little more me, a little more like home. And a whole lot more fun while I am doing the given task.
Look many of us spend hours at work. Some even spend more hours there than we do at our own home. But who says our work environments have to be boring while we are there.
How do you Disney at work? I would love to hear how you bring the magic in to the workplace!