Give Yourself A Cookie

Our lives are always changing.

  • Birth
  • Death
  • Moving
  • Divorce
  • Illness
  • Graduation
  • New Job
  • Loss of Job
  • Retirement

When we go through major changes our organization, systems, rituals often break down. Our reality changes suddenly (or not so suddenly) and we have a new reality. When we go through changes sometimes we need to initiate change to feel some control and be able to look at things in a new way.  Time to move furniture. What???

Really. It’s a great way to get a quick new perspective on things. Try it. Move your desk.

You may be thinking…

  • She’s crazy
  • Not a chance.
  • Sounds like fun.
  • I would but there’s way too much stuff on and around my desk to even think about it.
  • Even if I moved the stuff, where do I put the desk?

You may like the idea of moving your desk but when you do inch it forward, the stuff that was piled on it falls to the ground and now lays amidst the stuff that was already on the ground.  It’s worse than it was a few minutes ago. Why did you ever think about moving your desk?

This is when I recommend a few things…

  • Breathe.
  • Just leave the desk where it is for now.
  • Grab your keys, purse and/or wallet and go buy a few medium packing boxes. 6-10 boxes is good for right now. (You also need tape and a marker.) If you think you have tape but you have no idea where it is, allow yourself this tape purchase now now just get one roll of tape. I promise you, you will find out if you already had tape and where it was. This one roll of tape now is not frivolous, it helps keep everything together.
  • Give yourself a “cookie” a.k.a a reward. For example…if buying the boxes took you half an hour, then take 10 minutes for a cup of coffee, quick window shopping, a stroll down a tree laden street or a quick call to a friend you never have time to call. The treat must match the accomplishment. Not too big. Not too small. But, very important…don’t skip the treat.
  • Go home.
  • Take your boxes, tape and a big marker to the room where you keep your desk…let’s call it your “office.”
  • Take a “before” picture of your office.

Now it’s time to PUT LIKE THINGS TOGETHER. Start making piles of the piles that are on the floor. But the new piles are all like things together…

  • pens together
  • pencils together
  • staples together
  • pads of paper together
  • And so on and so on until everything is in it’s appropriate pile. You may have lots of piles. That’s good.

Tape up your boxes. They’re ready to fill. Put the pile of the largest items in the first box. The next largest pile of items in the next box and so on. When you come to the smaller piles, separate in clear plastic bags and group them according to task and/or functions (paper clips, staples, extra staplers all go in a box.)

Gift wrapping items can all go in a box…boxes, tissue paper, gift wrap, tape, ribbons and bows.

Etc., etc. You only have 6-10 boxes to fill so if the last box is a bunch of odds and ends that are not “like” that’s fine. It’s all good. No problem. You’re doing great! Just “throw” the last stuff in a box.

Take your marker and clearly label the box. Since you bought matching boxes, they will stack evenly and easily up against a wall or in a closet in your office. Stack up your boxes. You have 6 – 10 boxes. They will not take up a lot of space nor take very long to stack up.

Here’s where you and your eyes get a “Cookie.” Your eyes love open space. It fills us with a calm and peaceful feeling. Makes it easier for us to think and to breathe. You feel calmer, more peaceful, you’re breathing better AND now you know where things are. You know what you have and what you don’t have.

You have calm and control. Those are 2 BIG “Cookies” to me! Soak it in.

And now, you get to move your desk and learn a little about Fen Shui. Feng Shui tells us locating your desk (and yourself) farthest from the door puts you in the most positive strategic position.

You want to be able to see the door clearly when sitting at your desk.Whether you realize it or not, you want to know who or what is approaching you. We all do. It’s survival instinct. We’re more at ease consciously and subconsciously when we see the widest scope of the room when seated at our desks. Don’t have a door or an entryway behind you or at your side. If your office has multiple doors, sit where you can see the main door. It strengthens the subconscious feelings of security and control.

Seeing your whole office also expands your perspective, inspires greater optimism, and supports a future-oriented vision.

Move your desk. Sit down. Take a look around and enjoy the new view! Take a few minutes to take it in. This is the perfect time for this new perspective.

And now…give yourself a “Cookie!”