Declutter your desk and brighten up your business with this transformative guide from an organizational psychologist and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day hazards of working, and they can slowly drain the joy from work, limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being.
There is another way. In Joy at Work, bestselling author and Netflix star Marie Kondo and Rice University business professor Scott Sonenshein offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters.
Using the world-renowned KonMari Method and cutting-edge research, Joy at Work will help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that come with a tidy desk and mind.
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Paper hoarders and email accumulators, rejoice! Marie Kondo, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has teamed up with Rice University organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein to shift her focus from personal space to the workplace. The book’s main argument—that clutter, both physical and emotional, can stand in the way of happiness and productivity—will be familiar to anyone who has used Kondo’s method to lovingly bid adieu to a pile of old sweaters. And while this lively, conversational guide is full of tips for creating an intuitively organized office or desk, Kondo and Sonenshein are also here to remind us that while work should be rewarding, it should never be anyone’s sole focus. We can’t wait to use this witty, creative, and approachable handbook to improve our nine-to-five.
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.