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Feeling your Environment

October 9th, 2006 · 3 Comments

Our environment plays such a big part in how we feel, how productive we are, and how we cope with things every single day.

This was brought home to me recently as I once-and-for-all fixed a few niggly things in my office.  Replaced a clunky old computer screen with a lovely 17" flat screen (cannot believe the difference that makes, not only in space to work, but also in aesthetics!).  Got rid of the scungy old desk pad and replaced with a nice new clear desk protector, under which I have placed my year planner for next year (too late to get one for this year!).  Threw out three big boxes of old lever arch folders, ugly magazine holders, in trays, and the like.  All saved because they were still useful (just really, really ugly!!)  Got totally up to date with my filing.  Added some lovely scented candles, and loaded some great music onto itunes on my laptop.

Ahhh, that not only feels better, I cannot believe how much more focussed and productive I feel.

And it isnt just about clearing away junk, or getting ‘organised’ by doing the filing.  It’s much more about how my environment affects me on all levels – how it looks, how it feels, how it smells, how it sounds…  and unconsciously, once I started to work on the look, then the sound, the smell, the feel just came through naturally.

What can you do today on any level in your environment that will have ripple effects on the other levels – and how does that feel to you?

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Leah Maclean // Oct 10, 2006 at 5:07 pm

    I completely get where you are coming from Karen – and I need to take a leaf from your book at do a bit of that here too.

    The thing that worries me, and that is such a shame, is the fact that really useful, yet un-needed, stuff gets throw out. I am the same as you – initially keep things “just in case” – but never quite get around to using it again. I also would have over 100 hanging file folders that I no longer need.

    But someone must need them or could put them to good use. But how do I find them? Until then I suppose I could always keep the folders in the shed and not cluttering up my office.

  • 2 Chris Owen // Oct 11, 2006 at 8:51 am

    Could you just pop down to Melbourne and do the same in my office please? It’s only a couple of thousand miles, it wouldn’t take long!

  • 3 Karen Wallace // Oct 12, 2006 at 6:42 pm

    Ahh, Leah – the age old issue of keeping things ‘just in case’ or because they are still ‘good’. I find that my energy level lifts so much when those things are removed from my environment – and no, I no longer feel guilty tossing them.

    In this case, I actually put all the stuff in reasonable condition in the boot of my car, along with a bag of clothes my kids have outgrown, to take to the local charity depot. That way, I hope they will find their way to someone who can use them well.

    Chris – sure! You send me the ticket, I’ll be there!!! But you know you have to be there too, dont you?

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