August 2, 2005
Productivity - Box It Up
Jason over @ 37 Signals has an interesting thought today.
Throw everything on your desk in a box. E V E R Y T H I N G! Only remove things as you need. Wait...and get rid of all the other crap.
I can say from experience (I'm in the process of moving, and have recently switched jobs, so I've had something like 3 diff. office spaces in 2 mos...) that when you do this, you'll be amazed, (unless you're a GTD guru like Marc) at how much shit just isn't required for you to be productive. It's just such a cleansing feeling.
Thanks for the shout out Dana. Jason makes a good point. In his seminars, DA talks about the distracting effects of clutter and how a clean and organized work environment can help you focus better on the task at hand. I regularly (once a month at least) do a mini-purge of my work area to eliminate stuff that's just taking up space - it really helps.
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