Who wants to get more done in less time? Me! I do! I love accomplishing a lot, and I can't resist reading all those productivity hack articles online. I even spend a lot of time trying to find the ideal system to help me keep track of everything and get even more done in less time with less stress. (Spoiler alert: It doesn't exist.)
However, I often overlook the simple things in search of some elaborate “get more done” system. Recently, I've been feeling a little less motivated than usual. I was spending time working, but I just wasn't getting as much done as I was 2-3 months ago. Instead of working enthusiastically, I always felt blah and had a hard time giving it 100%.
I was thinking about what had changed, and it hit me! There is one thing that has changed in the past couple months. My once completely spotless office had gradually morphed into a complete mess. My heart sank every time I entered the office. There are baby toys scattered across the floor plus several random non-toy items the baby has managed to find and dump out. Stacks of papers are everywhere. There's a stack of online returns that I need to package and print postage labels for. The order of planner inserts that came in last month are just sitting in stacks on the project table. No wonder I wasn't feeling productive!
I even realized I was subconsciously avoiding my office and working on the couch (or my bed) with my laptop instead. I've always been a sit at my desk dressed in work attire with my shoes on kind of girl, and I love my huge desktop screen. The laptop is usually only used when I'm actually traveling or working away from home.
I had been thinking that I didn't have time to really thoroughly clean and organize the office, but the truth is that I don't have the time not to!
So, if you're having trouble getting a lot done, I challenge you to take a look around. Is there something in your space that is dragging you down? Something as simple as straightening your work area can have a dramatic impact on your productivity. Make your home or workspace a place that inspires you.
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