Day 1: My Space, From 9-5

1.       Define your spaces; separate work from home. Have a room dedicated to working. Don’t do it wherever you happen to be. Set aside some space, preferably a room (it doesn’t have to be big) to be your workspace. That way, when you enter it, you know consciously what you’re there to do: go to work. It changes the state of mind from “I’m at home” to “I’m at work”.

Well, nothing like starting the month off a hard note. Why did the author of this article do that? What they maybe not realize is they just lost at least half the readers. They are setting you, the reader, up for failure! To let this puppy get off the ground, we all have to understand that all of these tips have to be tweaked for our own needs.

Currently, my home office is a working closet. I do not have built in closets on the first floor. Here is a list of things that are stored and activities that happen in my “office”.

Office; dirty laundry waiting area; clean laundry waiting area; furnace and hot water heater closet; early season plant growing area; magazine storage; current painting project waiting area; sewing room; mail room; general storage for: vases, gym clothes, hats and gloves, my husband’s hand tools, general art supplies…… The list is long, but I still make it work.

Step one: Stop beating yourself up over things you can’t change. Focus on the things you can change to move forward.

Step two: Clear the purposed work area of everything that isn’t furniture.

Step three: Wipe down the area with cleaner.

Step four: Surround yourself with ONLY the items that are needed for work. IE: computer, pens (2 or 3), reference books, and the one thing you are working on at the moment.

Step five: At the end of the working period, pack up all work items and place them in a safe location, this particularly important for those who have to work on kitchen tables, coffee tables and beds. If you have a desk or even if you have an office, still do the same thing.

Two misconceptions of organizing are that if you are in the middle of a task, you should leave it out because; 1. You can see it and finish it. 2. It is too hard and time consuming to spread out the project each time you have to work on it. But what if you can’t finish the project tomorrow or the next day? How long is that unfinished project going to sit there? By putting everything away at the end of the day you are consciously making sure you will have everything together the next time you work, when ever that may be.

Here is my office.

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