We live in trying times. Where home was once the place to escape from the stresses of work, now they’ve have become the literal centre of our universe, where there’s no distinction between work and play anymore.
Let’s face it, we can all do with some help staying productive amid all these distractions, and who better to advise us on getting organized during chaotic times than world-renowned author and expert organizing consultant, Marie Kondo?
Here are some of the best Marie Kondo tips on how to work from home successfully.
Create Some Distinction Between Work and Leisure Time
One way to effectively get into work mode is by means of rituals. If you’re lucky enough to have a separate home office, the simple act of closing the door could be it. Otherwise, you could try enjoying five minutes of meditation to clear your mind before settling down to work.
Scent can have mysterious powers when it comes to motivation, Marie likes to spritz her home office with a peppermint spray, before starting her daily shift, as it helps invigorate her for the day’s tasks.
She also recommends keeping your work tools in a separate tray, or preferably a lidded box. This way you can store them out of sight and only bring them out when it’s time to buckle down.
How to Work From Home Successfully When You Share a Space
If you have a partner and children at home, concentrating and sticking to your goals for the day is a real challenge. Sit down for a few minutes in the morning as a family and discuss your goals for the day.
Children will no doubt have home-schooling tasks to complete, while your spouse has their own deadlines to cope with. Write down a schedule for the day that applies to each member of the household, including plenty of breaks for rest in between.
When everybody’s aware of each other’s tasks, it’s easier to respect and support one another.
It’s important that each family member has their own designated work area and separate storage for all their work-related paraphernalia too.
Keep it Tidy
One of Marie Kondo’s primary messages is to seek joy in the things you do. One way to do this is to declutter by getting rid of those things that don’t make your heart sing. While this is difficult with work-related items, in this case, out of sight is out of mind.
Compartmentalize things according to their importance and pack them away when you aren’t using them. Clutter causes anxiety, making it difficult to focus and achieve your aims. If you aren’t using it right now, pack it away.
Marie recommends ending each day on a high note. Write down what you’ve achieved for the day, no matter how small. Spend a few minutes dwelling on the positive before ending work for the day.
Keep browsing through Compactor Magazine for more tips on how to work from home successfully and organize your work area to maximise space and minimize clutter.