Editor’s Note: This is a post in the series, Simplicity in Action.
Piles of paper, too much stuff, and out-of-date filing systems can adversely affect not only your personal well-being, but also decision-making, innovation, and productivity. Although each workspace and work style is unique, there are certain things that can benefit many.
Here are my 10 (non-digital) favorites for simplifying the workday and feeling more in control.
- Kitchen Timer – one of the very best tools to keep you focused; just pick your least favorite task, set a timer for 20 minutes and see what happens
- Post 3 Daily Must-Dos - write (pen and paper!) and post the 3 things you must get done today; this keeps you focused and moving in the right direction
- Inspiration – quotes, art, photographs; work with what you have, if you don’t love your workspace yet, add something that will inspire you and make you smile
- Paper Control – at the very least, have an in-basket to collect papers entering your office (preferably a small basket so you will have to tend to it regularly)
- Vision Board - a great visual to help you focus on your dreams and priorities
- Random Acts of Kindness – these are the best and everyone wins; we all know that happiness is a critical advantage. If you’re happy, you perform better
- Storage – make room for change; a place for everything and everything in its place
- Take Guilt-free Breaks – clear your mind; eat healthy; take care of yourself
- Form a Team – a mastermind group; accountability partner; mentor; hire someone to do the things you don’t want to do
- Visual reminders are important – for some people, out of sight out of mind is very real; give yourself visual cues and keep current project folders in a desktop file organizer
The kitchen timer, vision board, and mastermind group have provided me with the most measurable results. My mastermind group meets every other week for an hour and a half; we end each session by listing 3 goals to accomplish before our next meeting.
My favorite random act of kindness this year was not one of mine, but one my daughter did at college. She and a friend put together a dining hall tray with treats and small gifts and a big anonymous thank you note and sent it on the tray conveyor to the kitchen staff responsible for cleaning the dishes.
There is a big difference between busy work and good work, and by structuring your space and your day differently you will be getting more of the right work done.
Read more from Diane about creating your best work environment at Positive Workspace.
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