Every now and then I realize that my office looks like a disaster zone. It happens gradually, until one day I look up and think – how did this happen? And, I feel cluttered and stressed and overwhelmed. At some point, I decide, today is the day and I clean, purge and organize… and wow it feels so much better afterward. I feel lighter, calmer, and more energized.
This got me thinking… how can we apply this process to our teams? Certainly, teams get “cluttered” too – both figuratively and metaphorically. So, I came up with some ideas of how you can begin to de-clutter your team.
A book I read many years ago called The Sidetracked Home Executive was both inspirational and very helpful to me in cleaning and organizing my house before a move. One of the methods in the book, which still resonates with me today, is to start at the front door of your house and move clockwise, choosing one small area to clean and de-clutter at a time. The secret is to choose a small enough area that you can completely finish the job in 30 minutes. Each day, you keep moving clockwise around your home until the entire floor is clean and de-cluttered. For me, the first thing I came to was my coat closet. I can’t tell you how good it felt to know that my coat closet was cleaned out. It motivated me to keep going until my entire house was organized and clean.
So, how can you apply this to your team? I’ll give you some ideas to get started, but the sky is the limit.
This blog includes one of two methods to spring clean your team – first, clean your physical workspace.
Below are some recommended steps to clean out your team’s workspace:
In the next blog, I’ll give you some ideas about how to de-clutter your team’s workload so you can release the less important and impactful activities and make time for the ones that matter the most.
About the Author: Leigh Ann Rodgers, Founder of Better Teams and Forward, is an IAF Certified Professional Facilitator with 20 years of experience in the human development field. Leigh Ann is a skilled meeting facilitator, trainer, and coach working across the globe to help leaders cultivate teams that are happy and high-performing.
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