With everything going on at work, we often spend our time working in a physical state of ‘constant mess’, which affects our effectiveness and even our ability to think.
I’ve been trying this next tip for about 2 months to create a little “Island of Zen” to my work space. It’s working…
The Challenge: It’s hard to think when your work space is messy.
The Solution: Mark off a “Clean Zone” on your desk that you’ll keep clean and empty at all times.
The Secret: Your desk may always be messy. That’s ok. If you can keep part of it 100% clean you’ll feel less overwhelmed at work, and it’ll be easier to handle everything else.
How It Works:
1. Mark off this area physically – it has to have edges you can see.
2. One Rule: No matter how messy your office gets, nothing goes here unless you’re actually working on it.
3. When you notice that your clean zone has disappeared from sight (it happens), simply clear away the mess until you can see the borders again.
Here’s a picture of my desk:
1. Inbox. An easy way to get started or back on track – you can just throw everything in your inbox.
2. Printouts of shortcuts I commonly need to look up for software I use (Gmail, Adding events to iCal, RememberTheMilk)
3. Folders for major projects
4. Happiest day of my life!
5. 27′ iMac.
6. My office was the master bedroom of our house, this lets me work with headphones (so I can listen to music while ankle biters are sleeping) and still know if someone comes into the room. No sneaking up on me!
7. Top 3 priorities for the day (from “The 3-minute Plan“), clipped onto the monitor.
8. Sawhorses from Amazon.com — this is a standing desk, described on my personal blog here.
Ok, let’s have a little fun with this one!
Spend 5 minutes making your Clean Zone, take a picture and send it in here. No need to clean up anything else, that’s the whole point.
I’ll add them to this post, and we’ll have examples of Clean Zones from around the world.
Clean Zones from Around the World:
Andrea in Missouri.
Thanks for the pics guys!