My New Juggling Act

The office reorganization continues…..

As I was going through all of the items in my office, I came across a lot of things that didn’t belong there….empty picture frames, a broken camera, a record (really, a record). All of these things need to leave my office immediately. As I was compiling my box of things that need a new home, I came across a set of 3 juggling balls. Why, might you ask, do I have juggling balls? Well, I used to have them at my desk when I did corporate sales for Borders Books (sadly this company didn’t make it through the economic downturn!). I used to juggle a little every day just for something different to focus on for a few minutes.

I almost put them in the ‘go away’ box and then realized how much they had helped me in that job. It gave me a break, I learned a new skill, it was entertaining to other people in the office and it was fun. I was going to put them in a drawer and then realized they’ve been in the drawer for 1 1/2 years and I never used them.  From this realization grew an increasing number of baby realizations. Here are a few:

-If I am going to use these, they need to be front and center. But what other fantastic, helpful or fun items am I missing out on because they aren’t out where I can easily see and access them. I realized I needed several other items to be easily reached so that I would use them. One of these is my shredder. It has been sitting on the floor so instead of shredding everything immediately, I put papers in a box to shred later. What a waste of time and space! I am moving the shredder upward and getting rid of the ‘To Shred’ box!

-I also realized that juggling was a metaphor for the way I think and work. It is really a simple concept and so streamlined and efficient. You have to be aware of numerous things that are going on, but you have to hyper focus on the next ball you are going to catch. I noticed that this is how I need to work. I need to be aware of the many things I need to do, but I need to focus on the task at hand. I’m a multi tasker by nature, but it often defeats me and I end up overwhelmed. I now know that my main office organization goal is to have a clean desktop so that I can think clearly and focus on one thing at a time.

Several lessons learned today:

1) When you are organizing, focus on how the space will work best for you and what you need. Organization is not a cookie cutter business and one solution will not work for everyone.

2) Inspiration can be found in unlikely places or objects 🙂

3) Do not underestimate the power of having something fun or beautiful or whimsical if it makes you more productive.

Now I just have to learn to juggle with these, which I bought a set of about 6 years ago.

No seriously, I actually bought some.

More office updates to come!



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