A Different Kind of Workspace....
As the old Bob Dylan Song goes, The Times they are A-changin’….all of a sudden my clients are working in a totally different environment than they were even a month ago. If they are a housewife, all of a sudden there are additional people home and trying to work. If they are a teacher…welcome to teaching on your laptop from your couch. If they have students in the home, well…shoot….it’s up for grabs. And if you’re a single, even for you things are different because you can’t just run out and grab what you need for a day’s work.
All these scenarios can create clutter and disarray where there once was just an ordinary place. Creating a cutter free work space is now more important than ever because life is stressful enough….So let’s talk a way to keep the workspace organized and easy to work from.
Step 1: Assess what you need to accomplish for the day. If you are a student, what assignments are on tap? Do you need to listen to an audio or watch a video? Do you need to participate in a video chat? If you are a teacher, what’s on the lesson plan for the day? If you are used to working at an office as an admin or other job, what’s the priority for the day? Divide in into morning and evening objectives. Write down what absolutely has to get done that day, and keep the list handy so you can refer to it.
Step 2: Clear off your workspace so you start with a clean slate. If you are working at the dining room table, no dishes, napkins, glasses, etc. Take the table cloth off if you can, it gives you a visual that your “office” is not someplace you just shared waffles on. If you are working from a couch, move the toss pillows and clear off the coffee table. Start with a clean slate.
Step 3: Put the supplies you need into piles, file folders, or a small box if you can in the order that you will need to use them. It’s ok to have writing implements, laptops or tablets, etc. out all the time, but don’t have the afternoon projects things mixed in with the morning projects things—otherwise you spend time looking through piles of stuff for what you need.
Step 4: Work on the projects you need to in an orderly fashion. What that means is don’t jump from one task to another, even if it seems they overlap. Do one project at a time. Finish that, then move on to the next. When you are done with that project, put the supplies you used away where you had them before if you can.
Step 5: When you are done, clean up your workspace for the day. Even if it’s a desk in a home office or your room, kids. Put the work away. This gives your brain the signal it needs to shut the work—or school—day down.
We can get through this without the stress that a lot of clutter creates. And it makes it easier to find what you need for the next day’s tasks.