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I Love My New Chair

I recently got a new chair for my office – as you can see in the picture it is not brand new – just new to me – and I have wanted this chair for a very long time.

My new chair

I had to move quite a bit around to make the chair fit into my office – but it helped me to make my office even more to my liking.  I realized as I was rearranging my office to make room for my new chair, that so much of my office furniture just happened.  I kept adding and there was no cohesive plan.  So I really thought about all that I want to be able to accomplish in my office and how it isn’t meeting those needs in it’s present state.  Immediatly I knew of at least 1 piece of furniture that needed to go.  Once that was gone I was able to see a vision of my “new office.”  As I moved items around, I realized I needed an extension cord for my lamp to stay attached to the light switch, so I stopped for the night.

It drove my husband crazy.  This is what my office looked like overnight.

Overnight mess

My husband has to finish a project once he gets started even if he doesn’t have the “right” tools, he finds a way around whatever problem he encounters.  I stick to my vision even if it takes longer to complete the project.  He actually couldn’t walk into my office until the following evening when there was floor space again.

much improved

I could see the floor again by nightfall and even found a footstool for my new chair.  I didn’t know I was going to get the chair and it did slow down my productivity a little, but since I have improved my space I have been super productive – and I know the less clutter and accumulation of stuff around me the better I work.

Have you changed everything around to accomodate a single piece of furniture?  I would love to hear your stories in the comments below.

Are You Over Organizing?

Sometimes in your quest to be organized you dive too deep and actually over organize.

Though I see this most often with virtual files, I had a recent occurance of overorganizing in the offline world.

sorted nuts

I like to keep notebooks of thoughts, ideas, tips or whatever about various topics.  Sometimes I convert the information into digital files sometimes I don’t.  In an effort to be “Organized” I would put all my notes onto small scraps of paper – and then put them in the “proper” notebook later.

As you can image this led to tons of scraps of paper on my desk and several notebooks with different topics, all over my desk too.  On paper this seemed like a great idea to me, but the reality was that I had too many pieces of paper and I would loose them or forget what I meant before I was getting them into the “proper” notebook.

One day I was listening to a webinar about time management and in that presentation, she suggested the one notebook system.  Lightbulb moment for me  – I was trying to to hard and over organizing.  My one notebook is always on my desk and I write everything into my notebook.  About once a week I look back over the notebook and see what actions I need to take.  This has been working great for me…and then.

I was listening to a recording and instead of writing in my notebook, I grabbed a small pad of paper – about a quarter the size of a full sheet of paper – and began taking notes.  No idea why.  And the next day, I used the same small pad of paper for some random ideas I wanted to remember – stuff that usually goes in the notebook.

Then I realized I had all these little scraps of paper on my desk – of course I knew they “should” be in the notebook – so I stopped right then and tranferred them into the notebook.  I’m back on to my awesome one notebook system.

Before the one notebook, I was trying too hard and making myself more unorganized – the opposite of my desired goal.  Are you trying to over organize your office or those wonderful files on your computer?

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I would love to hear how you overcame your over organizing ways in the comments below.

What is Your Organizing Style?

Do you need to have the whole plan in place and complete the whole makeover in one fell swoop?

Or are you more of a pick a little at a time organize this pile? this drawer? this corner of the desk? this folder on your desktop?

Knowing how you work best will help you have more success as you tackle your home office.  As a business owner you have probably spent time learning the most productive time of day for you to work, and defining what your strengths are and what your need to outsource, but rarely have you given your organizing style that kind of consideration.

Well, today I want you to give at least some of your attention.  person sittting on bench looking at water

Personally, I like to see the big picture and then tackle the projects in bite size chunks.  But I can’t just do a little here and little there if I don’t have a clear end result in mind.  If I don’t have an clear end result in mind I might as well just be picking up the same pile of laundry and carrying from room to room – I accomplish nothing.

I do think most people benefit from having that end result in a physical form – not just in your head.  Put it down on paper or on the computer, create a 3-D model if you really want, but don’t just rely on your own brain.  It has been proven that if you use pen and paper it actually stimulates creative centers of the brain, but if you see what I actually draw on paper you might think it decreases artistic ability 🙂

Your design doesn’t have to be perfect or even well done.  I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler, but I like to draw the room if I am planning a physical space and since I am not actually making the walls it doesn’t matter what my drawing looks like, it only matters what the plan is.

So now you know some of my little quirks – think about yours and let me know in the comments below what you think your design style is.