I was asked today what I have in my home office that keeps me inspired and productive. It's a great question because since moving into my new apartment four months ago I've physically moved my workspace around at least five times. For me, it has to feel right, be comfortable and functional, and only after those things are accomplished, be beautiful.
We seem to put a lot on our plates these days, both at work and at home. You're probably feeling the pinch and it seems like some of your projects are dragging on forever, yet you can't squeeze in even an hour a day to finish them. Or you do, but an hour just doesn't cut it, and it seems like you'll never get it done.
But are you being effective and truly productive with your time? Or, like most of us,
Entryways to our homes create one of two immediate feelings: welcoming and peaceful, or cluttered and chaotic.One of the biggest problems I see a lot of clients and friends struggling with is a small entryway with little room to organize and store stuff. The family ends up tripping over shoes and jackets and getting irritated every time they enter their tiny cluttered space. That's not the way our homes should greet us!
I wrote earlier this week about the seemingly rampant disease we have these days of being so busy. There are some serious costs to always being busy, not the least of which is missing out on living an intentional life according to our values and goals. I firmly believe that focusing on the essentials, as Greg McKeown tells us in his brilliant book Essentialism, is key to living a meaningful life and meeting your goals.
I'm sure you've noticed that in the last few years the standard response to "how are you?" has become "good, busy." Maybe you say it yourself. Busy seems to have a positive connotation associated with being important and/or doing well. If we're not busy, it seems perhaps that we're not productive. We keep busy at work and at home, we keep our kids busy and even our vacations are busy. Perhaps we're "accomplishing" a lot, but at what cost?
I admit it. I'm a little lazy. Not always, but often. And that means I haven't been doing much DIY lately in my home. So I understand when clients and friends tell me that they don't want the $#% DIY instructions to create a home they love, they just want the sources for where to buy what they need!