Long-time listeners of the Best of Both Worlds podcast know that Sarah and I have different attitudes toward tidiness. Occasionally I get around to cleaning my desk. Sarah does too, but let’s just say that her “before” tends to look like my “after.” We’ve covered de-cluttering and Marie Kondo’s books in past episodes, and since Kondo and Prof. Scott Sonenshein recently released a new book called Joy at Work, we thought we should revisit the discussion.
Kondo’s chapters cover desk tidying, which isn’t generally my favorite topic, but I did enjoy Sonenshein’s chapters on schedule and organizational tidying. Wouldn’t it be nice to have nothing in your work schedule that didn’t “spark joy”? On a practical level it’s impossible, just as we all need paper towels and plungers and such things in our lives, but it’s an interesting ideal to shoot for. One practical way to avoid adding schedule clutter: When someone asks you to do something, and you find it hard to say no, try “let me think about it and get back to you.” Then you can rationally look at what is on your plate.
Please give the episode a listen, and let us know what you think!