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Joy at Work

Joy at Work

by Marie Kondo


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Create The Place Where Your Dreams Will Come To Life

The KonMari Method is about realigning yourself with your goals and purpose in life. When you follow the steps, your tidy work area will represent the place where your goals and aspirations come to life. This is why people who follow the method will continue to maintain a clutter...


The goal of the method shared in this book is not just to have a nice neat desk but to begin a dialogue with yourself through tidying—to discover what you value by exploring why you are working in the first place and what kind of working style you want. This process wi...

Visualize Your Ideal Work Life

The trick is to imagine in vivid, motion-picture detail what your whole day will look like after you finish tidying up. That image should include three elements: the physical environment, your behavior, and your feelings. Visualize what your workspace looks like,...

Tidy your entire workspace by category, all in one go.

Tidy up properly, all in one go, then designate a place for every single item. Once you know where everything in your workspace is stored, you can keep track of your things even when they start to multiply. Whether tidying your workspace or tidying your home, this is the essence ...

Keep What Sparks Joy

There are three types of things that you should keep:

  • things that directly spark joy to you personally,
  • those that provide functional joy, and
  • those that lead to future joy.

These are yo...

Start With Books And Discover Your Values

Let’s start by collecting all of the books in your workspace and piling them in front of you.

One by one, hold each book and ask: Does it spark joy? Does it make me happy to know that it’s nearby? Does it provide important information that helps me do my job better? If the...

Paperwork: Discard Everything

With paperwork, the process will be slightly different. You should still gather all of your paperwork in one place and go through it piece by piece.

But this time, you’ll want to divide your papers into three categories: pending (documents that relate to ongoing matters), ...

Categorize Miscellaneous And Sentimental Items

Komono (miscellaneous) includes supplies, gadgets, snacks, and other materials you have around to help you work. So, when deciding which komono to keep, it can be helpful to put them into subcategories like office supplies, personal care products, food, and electronic devices.


By constantly repeating the mental process of identifying what we truly want and deciding what to do on the basis of what brings us joy, we acquire a positive perspective that affirms every choice we make.

From Tidying the Physical Aspects to Tidying the Nonphysical Asp

Desktop: To tidy this space up, create a couple of folders, such as “Storage” and “Current Projects,” to get these files organized and off the desktop. Ideally, this space should be used to display an inspirational wallpaper photo and to provide temporary access to the few...

Tame Your Inbox

Your email is a place for dealing with current work. Create folders, ideally no more than ten, to allow you to start organizing emails by category and the project they’re related to.

If you have thousands of uncategorized emails in your inbox, put them all into an archive ...

Curate The Content You Consume

Unsubscribe from all of your current newsletters. Then, just resubscribe to the ones that truly spark joy.

Delete all your apps and only reinstall the ones that matter to you.

Reconsider your schedule and which Tasks You Focus On

Finding joy and harmony in what you do also requires a schedule that’s free of clutter and wasted time. 

Once again, the first step here is to visualize your ideal schedule. What would your perfect day look like? The things you say “yes” to and the events y...

Make Meetings More Joyful

Visualize your perfect meeting and then write down your regularly scheduled ones onto index cards. As you go through them ask the following questions: Is it required for my job? Does it bring me closer to my ideal work life? Does it bring me joy?

Improve your meetin...

Cultivate Your New Mindset

Interior Design your workspace Use photos and decorations that spark joy. Use a beautiful notebooks so that even writing notes becomes a joyful experience. Use aromatics to calm or energize your mind.

Self-reflection helps maintain Joy at work. Put aside s...

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