Did I read this right? Embrace your chaos?
Absolutely! In order for you to try and maintain order in your life, you do need to identify what is going on during your day.
1. Side-tracked? Are you spending too much time ‘doing stuff’ and not completing anything? Are you driving these distractions? Time to start being accountable for your time; communication with e-mails, texts, games and issues with deadlines. Assign a reasonable time for personal tasks and stick to it. Then, put the phone on mute. Make sure you prioritize the actual work you need to do (In order to maintain a pay check.) before going off track. Acquiring more knowledge for your career or personal research is commendable, but set yourself time limits on your devices.
2. Communication? Are you constantly interrupted and set off track? Perhaps you are not clear about your goals with your family and coworkers. If you seriously need ‘down time’ for extra study, or ‘feedback’ on a presentation, let the people around you know what you need and what you need from them.
3. Procrastination? What are you waiting for? Need more information to complete the task? Then find another avenue and go get it. Trying to impress the right person? Get the information out there and do your best; your reputation will deliver the message to the right person.
4. Tired? Does your boss consistently book planning meetings at 8am when you are ‘not your best’? Or perhaps, 4pm is ‘not your best’. Figure out what your ‘best time’ is to participate and be productive. Before you agree to the meeting, can you suggest another time –sighting a conflict? Work on this scenario as you DO want your boss to see you ‘at your best’ once in a while, right? Plan around your best productive hours.
5. Politics? A tough one. There is always the presence of politics at any office. Keep your head up and be aware of what is going on. Do your job the very best you can and try not to choose sides. You do not know how this will play out, nor should you sabotage your career. Check out a few options below.
TAKE CHARGE: You need to maintain control of a small portion of your life, in order to make change. A little discreet feng shui can go a long way:
• Clean up your desk. File all complete files, and delegate the ones you can.
• Go through the drawers, dust the keyboard and check under the desk.
• Bring in some fresh energy. Plants can bring in fresh oxygen along with a pleasant view. Choose a hardy, soft leafed plant; rubber plant, peace lily or lucky bamboo.
• Set positive images out on your desk and up on the walls of your cubicle.
With good intentions and a little discipline, you can work through the chaos in your office. The more you know about yourself, the better you will be able to ride through the chaos.
~ Kathryn Wilking
For more information about maintaining control in the office, you may need some help.
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Check out my book; ‘Practical Feng Shui for the Office’. www.practicalfengshuifortheoffice.com We would love to hear your questions and comments.
** Kathryn Wilking is an Author, Home Stager and Feng Shui Consultant. She works with Home Owners and Small Businesses to find balance and harmony in each situation. Kathryn delivers ‘Practical Solutions for Life’ through The ONE-ROOM Rescue™ and unique personality profiling with the Fantastic 5 Elements!
As an active Professional Member of the International Feng Shui Guild, Kathryn is available for private consultations, innovative talks and workshops. Check out her book ‘Practical Feng Shui for the Office’ and connect with her through www.kathrynwilking.com
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