This is a blog dedicated to all women who works in an office.
Home office, shared office, or in an office building downtown. It really doesn't matter. What matters is your relationship with that space. Does it depress you? Enliven you? Inspire you? Make you crazy?
Over the next weeks and months we're going to take a look at the feedback loop between your mind and your office space and how to make the most of it.
Trying to work in an uninspiring workspace is like running in sandals. It works, sort of, but you're much better off with a pair of trainers.
A LITTLE BACKGROUND STORY
I started out as a decluttering coach, but I soon found out that when people hear decluttering, they think minimalist, get rid of everything, and everything you keep must spark joy.
But that's not how I approached this work. My intention was always to make my client's surroundings match their intentions and values. To get clear on that, I would ask questions like, 'How do you want to use your space? How do you want to feel when you walk into your house? What's missing? What would help?' To the last question, one client said, 'If the house burned down, then I don't have to deal with this shit.' Which, unfortunately, was not an uncommon attitude.
MOVING ON Bored and frustrated I dropped decluttering and began working with women who worked from home. Fun! They needed help with goal setting, productivity, procrastination, and all the other usual suspects. Even though I had a wide range of proven and effective tools to address all of that, certain problems seemed to stick around session after session. That's when I began asking them about their workspace.
One woman worked in her kitchen. Or tired to. It was so messy she didn't even know where the toaster ended and the printer began. Another one worked in a closet. Next to the vacuum cleaner. Another woman sat on the floor.
Would it surprise you to know that these women had worked on award winning TV shows, were high-flying businesswomen, and sought-after consultants?
What a disconnect, right? So I asked every single one of them 'If someone had just hired you and they showed you to an office that looked like the one you have at home, what would you think?'
'I would have stormed out of there!'
'So explain to me why you’re not taking better care of yourself at home?
WORKING FROM HOME
It’s no secret it’s often easier to work for others. They give us a title, a salary, and an office. Working from home means we have to be our own boss and the employee. Our roles a mixed and our priorities can end up all over the place. As a result, our workspace is confusing, uninviting, and unempowering.
Once we become aware of this, we can do something about it. We can give ourselves a title. We can create an office or a workspace that compliments that title. In that office we can begin to work from our highest potential and get in the zone.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
So that’s what this blog is all about: the interconnectedness between our inner and outer environment, and how to master both.
Thank you for reading! See you all next week.
All best, Inger