My back is a little sore, but it was worth it. This past weekend I set aside four hours and moved furniture, reorganized and cleaned out our little office in Kelowna. Here’s why this is so important.
Every couple of months I realize my office has become uninspiring. The day-to-day stuff we deal with has set up camp and it’s feeling cluttered, messy and uninviting. It still works – everything is there that I need – it just isn’t as inviting as I want.
The good news is that with a small effort everything improves – it feels like a new, creative space again. We aren’t looking at old magazines, banker boxes and rolled up flip chart paper. Furniture is moved to better locations and my desk is all mine again – the way it should be.
It sounds crazy, but your environment has a huge influence on your success. You feel better, sound better on the phone, think better and, yes, even sell better when you work in a space that makes you feel good.
It’s no different in other areas of your life.
- An expensive restaurant has to be elegant with top-class staff that compliment the $30 entrées – otherwise it seems over priced.
- Nice, well fitting clothes make you feel more successful and help you to present with more influence (old jeans and a turtleneck are for billionaires).
- Spend a couple of hours cleaning up your workbench at home and you’re happier to work on projects. Clean out a book self and the titles that remain seem more valuable.
When I step on stage to motivate an audience I need to feel successful – Dockers and a shirt from Sears won’t cut it. My environment includes the car I drive, my office and even the clothes I wear – it all has to be congruent with how I want to feel and what I want to project to my audience.
What about you? Maybe you also need to invest a few hours and step up your game.Tagged with: accountability • culver • effectiveness • fitness • growth • happiness • libby norris • Michael port • office clutter • organization • productivity • small stuff • success