Monday, July 28, 2014

Changing My Point of View

I will admit it. Sometimes work is a complete beat down. It can be a soul sucking experience that leaves you with very little energy to take home. This applies to even those of us with the most rewarding careers. Even when your work makes a difference, challenges you to grow, taps into your creativity and logic equally... even when you earn a good living and do it in the comfort of an ergonomically designed work space, it can still zap the life right out of you.

But there is hope...

I'm not here to give sage advice on finding you passion or living out your dreams. I'm not going to tell you how to get more responsibility, more money, or more staff. I'm not here to sell you the magic bullet that will forever silence your work foes and make you the most efficient, strategic team member in your organization.

I'm here to tell you to clean up your desk.

Yes, you. The one with the organized piles. I know you know where everything is, but seriously, you would still know where it was if you placed it neatly in a file in the drawer where it belongs. And from the drawer, it can't constantly stare at you, mocking you at 7pm when you still haven't cracked it open.  Trust me, I was you. It's difficult, but you will totally feel better. Admitting you have a problem is the first step.

Even on my best days, this monster was hiding under my desk. 
But don't stop there.

Now that the piles are safely in folders in drawers where they belong (or on the desk to remind you of their superiority over the other items from the pile), give your desk a good de-cluttering of office supplies and those papers you stuck up on the wall 3 years ago.  Ask yourself, do you need the phone list with the names of your former coworkers. What about the once useful shortcuts for your database? Surely you've figured that out by now.

Oh man, I'm a championship level pile maker. 
And now, it's clean. Make it yours.

You spend 8 hours every day here. That's if you're lucky. I left work last Friday night after 8pm... and I'm supposed to be a nine-to-fiver. Find what makes you happy and what you makes you unhappy. I happen to hate the fabric behind my monitor, so I covered it up. My husband, love him, so I brought in a couple photos. Legos? Why not. Digital frame with vacation photos? Sure! And a plant... something other than me to breath some life into this office.

Wow. I'm awesome and so is my office.
I'm not quite done, but I the small amount of work already done in this office has given a new perspective on my space. It's helped me refocus my work and get more done. At the end of the day, I'm able to clean up my desk in a matter of a few minutes. Not the best feeling at the end of the day, but in the mornings, I'm thankful to step into a fresh space without the same folder at the top the pile.

Total cost of office and attitude makeover:

  • Succulent pot - $20 for the plants and $15 for the pot
  • Fabric to recover built in bulletin board -  $4
  • Magnet boards on cabinet doors - 2 x $1 cookie sheets at the dollar store, $2 fabric, $1 for glass stones for magnets
Elbow grease and what nots from the craft bin at home rounded out this makeover. Just remember, if nothing else gets done in your work space... at least clean up the pile(s).

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