With the popularity of Marie Kondo’s Netflix show Tidying Up, there’s a surge of people improving their lives by tidying. I went through de-cluttering myself last year, after adopting minimalism. There are real benefits to purging junk and organizing what’s left, but what about at work? Can these kind of home improvement life hacks help your daytime life at the office? Absolutely! Here’s a breakdown with some easy tips to help improve the 1/3 of your life you spend at work (and don’t worry, you won’t have to thank last year’s TPS report as you toss it in the recycling bin).
Organize your desktop, drawers, and shelves. Marie Kondo talks about “sparking joy,” but it’s hard to imagine that applying to work things. Instead, think about if it adds value. Make your area as stress-free as possible. Your desktop should only have as few things on it. Can that binder go on a shelf? Can that framed photo go on the wall, so it won’t get knocked over? Things used less often go in a drawer, and things used frequently are better up top. For paperwork, create a simple filing system so you can know where to put things without losing them. The same amount of work seems WAY more stressful when it’s a mountain on your desk (and don’t forget to use the trash can and recycling bin).
In addition to your physical space, consider tidying your digital work space. How many emails do you get a day? If you have junk mail coming in every day, take the time to unsubscribe so your email doesn’t get too full. Create folders to sort emails once read. But, if you really don’t need it once you read it, delete it! Email trash folders usually hold emails for around 30 days (depending on settings), so you have time to get it back if needed. Also, talk to your IT professional about cleaning up your computer. It’s very likely that after backing up important data, you can get your IT person (way faster than you would be able) to tidy up your hard drives to make your computer run less sluggish.
If work has been stressing you out lately, your work-life balance goes off the rails and you need to do some social tidying. Do you always say yes to dinner with co-workers on Friday? Maybe start passing every other time. If a friend constantly texts you all day, let them know “hey, I can’t be on my phone during the day, so I won’t be able to respond.” You can’t stop meetings, but you can sit next to someone you don’t mind being around during them.
Tidying up can be a great way to decrease stress and make things more manageable. The good news is that tidying up your workspace will probably be a lot easier than tidying your entire house. And I promise, nothing feels better than sitting down at your nice, tidy, organized desk with a fresh cup of coffee feeling like you’ve got the day under control.
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Keeping up with the latest and greatest fashion trends is exhausting (not to mention prohibitively expensive for those of us that don’t have our own line of rocket ships). Luckily, in a workplace setting, we’re not being judged on the same level as if we’re walking a runway in Milan. Still though, you don’t want to be known as the office slob, so here are some super easy, basic tips for dressing professionally and looking good at work.
Usually, when people hear the word “animation,’ they think of cartoons. When we talk about animations, especially for businesses, we mean so much more than just cartoons. Animation can be 2D, 3D, a blend of both 2D/3D, or things like motion graphics. Animations can be used to announce products or services, explain complicated processes, tell stories, or even just to make a fun, lively showcase for whatever message you’re trying to share with the world.
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