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According to psychologists, messy environments reduce our focus, tax our brain and make our overall working lives more difficult. In addition to this, the “Pygmalion Effect” suggests that tidy indi...

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This is the key to productivity and eventual success which most people overlook.

Joy at Work

Joy at Work

by Marie Kondo, Scott Sonenshein

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Tidying up can sometimes feel like a never-ending process. We swing between moments of having a tidy environment to a chaotic one. Why can’t we seem to tidy and keep it that way?

One of the m...

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Before you get started tidying up, it is a good idea to have an effective plan in place. 

  • Visualize Your Ideal Work-Life.
  • Know where everything belongs.

When you enco...

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Books can provide us with knowledge and inspiration but can also become a barrier to tidying. Although a full bookshelf can seem fulfilling, we might keep books for the wrong reasons – like impress...

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1. The pending ones

These are the ones that require future action. Think outstanding bills and things like proposals that must be reviewed.

2. The ones we MUST keep

Most workplace...

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Make clear but simple categories which work for you. If you are a designer maybe break everything down by client and then have a master admin folder for general bits. If you do a lot of ad-hoc work...

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Regularly maintain a box – whether it be physical or digital – for things which are pending. This is your place to put things when they don’t have a place yet. Think new documents – do not just put...

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There are usually 3 ways we approach our emails: all of which can lead to problems.

1. Those who stay alert

These are the people who stay alert for inbound emails.

2. The spring c...

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  • Firstly, consider those 3 questions we have been using above when deciding what to do with an email.
  • Delete anything which does not fulfil the criteria and then begin organizing the re...

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It can be easy to fall into the trap of doing more work than we should. It can be so troublesome that psychologists have coined it “Over-earning”.

We tend to invest lots of energy into things...

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Instead of making time to dive into focusing on one task we instead jump from one seemingly urgent task to the next. We work on auto-pilot and complete assignments based on what has been deemed urg...

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Multi-taskers tend to be among the least productive people at work. Research suggests that by multi-tasking you could be decreasing your productivity by as much as 40 percent. We can only think of ...

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You do not have to let your schedule get the better of you. Here are some tips on taking control of your schedule:

1. Identify your ‘core tasks’

These are your central, ongoing activiti...

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  • Gather all the medium stake and high-stake decisions that you currently or will soon face.
  • Look through your pile and put the high-stakes ones to one side. These must be kept!
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Most of our decisions are ones made with little effort or focus, however, other decisions can be high-stakes and require intense thought and then there are the medium-stake decisions which fall in ...

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Instead of doing everything perfectly – forget the idea about being a perfectionist and completing everything perfectly, you might be able to cope for a week but after a while, you’ll get fatigued ...

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1. Show up

This means not being only physically present but mentally present too. 

2. Come prepared

Read any agendas sent over and bring any info...

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1. What do you want to accomplish?

Is the meeting even required in the first place?

2. Do you need to invite everyone?

Fewer people but more engagement is better...

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