If you properly simplify and organize your work life once, you'll never have to do it again.
Marie Kondo's first book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, sparked a new genre of publishing and became an international bestseller. Now, for the first time, you will be guided through the process of tidying up your work life.
In Joy at Work, KonMari method pioneer Marie Kondo and organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein will help you to refocus your mind on what's important at work, and as their examples show, the results can be truly life-changing. With advice on how to improve the way you work, the book features advice on problem areas including fundamentals like how to organize your desk, finally get through your emails and find what sparks joy in an open plan office.
Like how the key to successful tidying in the home is by tackling clutter in the correct order, Joy at Work adapts the inspirational KonMari Method for the workplace, taking you step-by-step through your professional environment so that you can identify the most joyful way to work for you. Once you've found order in your work life, you can feel empowered to find confidence, energy and motivation to create the career you want and move on from negative working practices.
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When decluttering queen Marie Kondo turns her focus to the personal workspace, you can bet she’ll go far beyond cleaning up your desk. Collaborating with organisational psychologist Scott Sonenshein, Kondo brings her trademark “KonMari” method to all facets of professional life to “spark joy in your career”. Joy at Work shows us how to make the most of our time by streamlining emails, apps and calendars and tidying our workplace teams and networks (including on social media). It also provides practical guidance on managing digital data and other “nonphysical clutter”. Kondo’s popular tidying philosophy grew out of the workplace, and here she shares helpful anecdotes from that journey to bring new energy to our work lives.
Kondo (The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up) extends her tidying empire to the workplace with this upbeat collaboration with organizational psychologist Sonenshein (Stretch). The authors contend that tidying one's workspace is "an epic voyage of self-discovery" and "the first and most effective step toward realizing your vision of a joyful career." Kondo contributes four chapters and Sonenshein contributes seven, but their voices work well together and the chapters transition seamlessly. First, Kondo instructs readers in tidying their workspace in order to increase efficiency and refocus on their values. (The rule of thumb for stacks of papers: "Discard everything.") Sonenshein then opines on tidying less tangible matters: digital documents, decisions, and even meetings and teams. Throughout, the recommended method is to view everything at once (nonphysical items should be written on index cards), reflect on what is truly essential or joyful, and strive to eliminate the rest. The authors' program doesn't always transfer easily to the complexities of a workplace (most of their advice will only apply to those who work strictly at a desk) and certain topics such as taming one's inbox receive inadequate attention. Even so, any cubicle-dwelling Kondo-phile will appreciate this inviting guide.