Nothing like moving a few pieces of furniture around to shift perspective. My office was starting to feel stagnant so Sunday I came in to reevaluate. I moved my desk and the shelves. Even the printer table found a new home. It was like a magic trick. My office immediately felt more spacious. That space translates into more creativity and focus.
Why didn’t I do this sooner? I mistakenly assumed the other set up served me just fine. Well, fine is only fine. It no longer worked for me to jam myself into a corner because, well… no one puts Baby in the corner. (Yes. I said it).
Where might you be putting yourself in a corner? Where can you carve out a little more space for yourself?
Look up from this email and look around your space.
How does your current environment make you feel? What behaviors does it support?
Take a moment right now to shift one thing.
Just one thing.
It can be as small or as big as you like. Clear something off of your desk. Write a quote you love on a post-it and put it where you can see it. If you want to read more, keep that book nearby so when you have 5 minutes of downtime, you pick it up. If you want to drink more water, keep a bottle of water on your desk so you remember to drink it throughout the day.
What we see in our space triggers our behaviors and our behaviors become our habits. Make it easy on yourself. Super easy. “I don’t have to even think about it” easy.
No time like right now to make things easy for yourself.
P.S. For more info on how your space affects your habits, check out Atomic Habits by James Clear.
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