Are you drowning in paper at work? Is your space littered with too many empty mugs or hand cream? Do you feel disconnected, unproductive and disorganized? Do you feel it reflects on you professionally ? Embrace your inner minimalist!
Create a vision of who you are and your professional performance with the décor in your space. Define what clarity looks like in your environment. Think of colors that are a reflection of your style. Keep minimal personal photos and knick knacks. Think through the books, the art, and even the awards you have placed in your office. In creating this vision you can make a list of adjectives you want to embody as you change this space.
Many companies have an existing record retention policy stating how long to keep paper records. But sometimes we can create rules for what you will keep and how long you will keep it if it is a rough draft, old budgets, or even a former employees previous paper. If you do keep the paper, decide if a notebook or file is a better location for you to find the information. How did this office client eliminate so much paper? By knowing what to keep and where to keep it!
Take time to maintain your minimalist style. Start and end the day with routines that reflect this. Bring your one mug to and from work in your professional looking bag. End the day with picking up the paper and replacing it in your project slots. Once her office style and routines were defined, my client was able to share that “clutter means I am too busy and moving too fast.” Being definite about your style makes maintenance that much easier!
What does this office say to you?