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the pep talk: my 7-year old ignores my advice on this


My daughter Maggie is a nester. On the windowsill behind her desk, she has collected no less than 30 tiny toys, pieces of jewelry, notes, drawings, tiny boxes, and other knick-knacks with which she will not consider parting. She finds it very easy to ignore my advice to leave her workspace clear.

Whether you are a nester like Maggie, or are more of an office decor minimalist (like myself), having a clear workspace can have a subtle but powerful effect on your focus and productivity. Gretchen Rubin says that cluttered environments may act as “broken windows” that make us feel overwhelmed and out of control.

Here are some tips that will help you clear your desk today.

  • Use your desk only as a workspace, not a storage space. Move papers into a file cabinet, books on to a shelf, equipment into a closet.

  • Having sentimental and inspirational items can be really important, but these items tend to take up a lot of valuable workspace. Consider putting photos and art on the wall instead of the desk surface.

  • Use a physical inbox to hold papers, bills, and other items that you aren’t ready to process yet.

  • Spend the last 10 minutes of each work day tidying up your space for the next day.

All my best,

the pep talkKatie Wussow