Wednesday, October 29, 2008

How to be a more effective shedworker

Sophie Keller at the Huffington Post suggests five ways to run a more efficient home office starting with this:
"Tip 1: Have less stuff! It's true that some creatives thrive in a messy environment, but they really are in the minority. Most of us need to clear up our clutter. I have always been of the mind that if you haven't used something in the last 6 months or year at the most, then get rid of it. In the case of an office if it is too messy, then it is very hard to think freely, have new ideas or make space for new business to come in when you are surrounded by mess. Be extra careful if you have too much furniture in there as well, as we tend to put bits on any free surface. A good layout means that you can freely move around the room. If you're home office is clear, your head will be clear. You are getting rid of the old, to make way for the new. If you find it hard to start, then visualize what it would look like if it were clear and imagine how you might feel when it's done, then put time aside to do it. If you're still kicking and screaming, tidy up in stages or do one bit of clutter each day."
Well worth a browse.

8 comments:

  1. George Carlin sums it up for me when it comes to 'stuff' enjoy!
    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MvgN5gCuLac

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  2. hmm so where should I put the stuff I don't want in my garden office? In my shed shed?

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  3. PS that george carlin thing I just watched... oh my god it's like a cross between comedy and ... zen buddhism

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  4. Emmat, That's a very good description of Shedworking too.

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  5. I'm still wondering about the shed shed. See if you can get any of your readers to confess to having one.

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  6. Well I have two sheds, one is The Garden Office and the other is the shed (bikes, rakes, flowerpots, twisted plastic belonging to infants, etc).

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  7. Yes that a good tip. I also try to tidy away straight after each use of the workshop otherwise mess quickly build up and in my case this can be a safety issue.

    Following the success of my first drawer build I'm currently planning a second drawer to go under the main bench and a cupboard to go below that. This will give me a good reason to get rid of a stack of carpet tiles that came with the shed when I moved it which hopefully will go to someone at Freecycle.

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  8. Anonymous1:13 PM

    While I'm sure there are good reasons for keeping your home office tidy, especially if you have limited space - "If you're home office is clear, your head will be clear" - is utter b*ll*cks!

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