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The magically tidied work space

Workroom

I’ve been inspired to look at the way I do things and how I’m set up and it’s all about to change. For the better. For ever and ever!

I’m a bit of a make-in-batches kinda girl. I figure if I go to the bother of clearing a space and setting up then I’d better make it worthwhile and make heaps. And then I’ll get onto something else, either for sanity or necessity.

Something is always at a half-done stage. And it takes up a lot space with every surface of my home, albeit neatly, stacked with things I’m working on. Sometimes it seems nothing is ever finished. And that’s because it’s not!

Workroom

Workroom

Workroom

Workroom

Well, to be fair, I do get a lot done. I would probably achieve the same output by the end of a week, it’s just that I’m denied the little pleasure of dusting my hands off at a job well done and giving a little nod of satisfaction that there’s one less thing on my to-do list. And my table tops would be less cluttered.

I know where I go wrong. Instead of making, say, 20 pieces at a time, I feel I have to make 100 at a time. Which is a daunting target, takes much longer to achieve and if I broke it down to a bite-sized target I would reach that sense of satisfaction more frequently and more often. 5 times more often, in fact! Who doesn’t want that!

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So I was ready for a new way doing things. And what do you know, the universe dumped 2 very inspiring things into my lap.

1. A book called “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying” by Marie Kondo (I got my kindle version through Amazon). Marie holds your hand as you journey through all those boxes of things and clothes you never wear that jam up your cupboards and your world and she helps you feel good about sorting, chucking and organising all that stuff that crowds our heads and our homes. It’s amazing! You get rid of this stuff that holds you back to allow you to become who you’re meant to be! I’m embarking on a clutter free life FOREVER and EVER!

2. The practice of KANBAN. Google it, it’s inspiring! It’s managing a board with sticky notes of tasks to help visualise workloads. It has a very satisfying use of neatly lined up sticky notes. So neat. So deeply satisfying! There are 3 categories: do, doing, done. But what I took most from this method more than anything is to reduce work in progress. I looked into this just after Christmas and everytime I see a half-finished task lying around I repeat it like a mantra. Reduce work in progress. Reduce work in progress. Reduce work in progress.

Before starting something new, finish what I’ve started.

Who knew such magic was right at my fingertips!

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