Marie Kondo’s New “Joy at Work” Book
First, she convinced us with her bestseller, The life-changing magic of cleaning up and then a popular Netflix series that encourages families to clear up the clutter in their homes. Now the world-famous organization expert Marie Kondo is back with Enjoy your work: Organize your professional life – a new book that expands your novel KonMari method Organize items by categories instead of specific rooms in the office space. She has also published a collection of minimalistic office supplies. This ranges from notebooks to desk organizers to improve the style in your work area.
Kondo’s book, written with organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein, examines how you can “bring joy to your career” by running a decent office, taking control of your digital data, managing your time well, and is committed to only stay professional relationships that are valuable to you. If all of these areas are dealt with using the KonMari method, Kondo believes that you will be more productive and satisfied with your work.
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Here Kondo tells us what the readers can take with them Enjoy working, even if we work at home.
What do you think of “joy at work”?
When we ask ourselves what makes joy, we reconnect with our inner self and discover what is really important to us. This approach can be applied to all aspects of life – from home to your career.
My co-author Scott Sonenshein and I wrote Enjoy working Offer tips and tools for a happy career. Tidying up the work area as well as our assignments, meetings, emails and the like can help us to be better organized, to achieve better results and to enjoy working.
Now that most people work from home, think about it Corona virus outbreak what do you advise about setting up a home office?
Regardless of where you work, it is important to create an environment where you can concentrate better. If you don’t have a home office, identify the elements that are critical to getting your work done and determine a free space for them – a box or a portable carrier is enough. When it’s time to work, remove any unrelated items from your work area and add something that makes you happy when you look at them – I always have a crystal or a small vase of fresh flowers on my desk. I also suggest doing something that marks the start of your working day. I’m going tuning fork and diffuse essential oils to signal to my body that I’m switching.
Are there simple organization tips that have a lasting effect and can lead to more productivity?
The KonMari Method ™ is about choosing what to keep in life depending on whether it is fun or not – and then giving each of these items a specific place in your home. It’s simple, but life-changing! Once you’ve done this, maintaining your work area or desk is no different from anywhere else in the home.
Paper and books are two problem areas in offices. How do you deal with that?
When it comes to papers, I advise disposing of anything that doesn’t fall into three categories: currently used; needed for a limited time; or must be kept indefinitely.
I recommend storing most items, including paper, vertically for two reasons. First, when you stack things up, you get seemingly inexhaustible space, which makes it more difficult to determine how much you’ve accumulated. Second, at the end of a stack, things essentially disappear – they disappear from our consciousness and we postpone dealing with them.
The real purpose of a book is to be read. When deciding which books to keep, forget to read them again or to understand the information they contain. Pick up each book and decide whether it moves you or not. Only keep the books that make you happy when you see them on your shelves – the ones that you really love. There is no fixed number when it comes to how many books you should keep. The amount that feels right is different for each individual.
Do you have a preferred way to organize the top of your desk?
I prefer to keep the top of my desk as clear as possible, but if storing items on your desk works for you, that’s perfectly fine! I like to have a few joyful items on my desk – usually a small flower vase, a crystal and mine Zen egg.
What is the best tactic to deal with an increase in email and video calls?
Take a moment to focus before starting work. I press a tuning fork to purify the air around me. This exercise helps me to focus and feel calm. me too distribute an essential oil or spray a fog– like peppermint – this is stimulating and signals the beginning of my working day. These are easy ways to take care of yourself on a stressful day with an overwhelming number of messages and calls.
For emails, I recommend allowing time at the beginning and end of each day to go through them, rather than constantly checking them throughout the day. When it comes to cleaning up your meetings – virtually or otherwise – prioritize the invitations that are essential to accomplish your tasks and ensure a successful future. It’s okay to politely say no to calls and meetings that you don’t necessarily need.
What are some pointers to make decisions and maintain a solid network?
When it comes to your decisions, classify them into three categories: low, medium and high stakes. Many low-stakes decisions can be automated – President Obama is known to be wearing only gray or blue suits to reduce the number of decisions he had to make in a day! Sort your decisions with medium and high stakes and isolate those that are critical to your work. Prioritize them and automate or delegate the rest as much as possible.
An effective network does not have to be large. Make your network a source of joy – full of people with whom you enjoy spending time, who care about your development and your success, and with whom you are happy to seek advice and advice.