We spend a lot of time in the office. While 35 hours a week is the average, that’s a far cry from the reality for most teachers, entrepreneurs, and business owners. Despite how much time we spend in them, our offices often reflect a utilitarian, cold, even neglected attitude. We’re so busy solving problems at work that when we’re done for the day, the last thing we think to do is stick around and spruce things up. However, if you can give a bit of attention to your space just one time, it will deliver dividends back to you in the form of your energy levels every day after.
PULL YOUR STUFF TOGETHER, MAN!
The rule is the same for everyone I work with, and in every room I work with: Don’t split things up.
On the macro level: Pull your office supplies into one room. Our office supplies have a way of ending up in kitchens, dining rooms, living rooms, and even bedrooms! Get them into your workspace.
On the micro level: Pull all your office supplies into categories. Depending on your work, these categories will vary, but if you ever have trouble finding things, this trick will work wonders. Want to find a post-it? There’s only one place they can be: The post-it place. Need a paperclip? Those are in the paperclip place.
ORGANIZE WITH INTENTION
As you freshen things up, it helps to keep a few things in mind:
TUNE UP YOUR TOOLS
Take a moment to scan the tools you use. What is your first thought about each one? Does the printer make you think of that scene from Office Space? Is there a funny smell in the mini fridge? Are your pens leaking all over that old chipped mug you have them in?
We all know how little annoyances can add up and, ultimately, slow us down. Using higher quality tools delivers higher quality results. If you only use one incredible pen that is inviting to touch and writes like silk, you will write more.
Figure out what energy you want more of, then upgrade your tools to match.
At the end of a workday, it feels amazing to close the laptop, click off the light, and leave it all behind. Whatever state the office is in, there’s always tomorrow, right? I encourage you: Don’t wait for tomorrow. Follow these steps and let tomorrow be the day you walk into your office to find it more dynamic and more energizing than ever before. For 35 hours every week, you’ll be glad you did.