I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Joy at Work: The Life-Changing Magic of Organising Your Working Life by Marie Kondō, Scott Sonenshein
Published by Bluebird on April 7, 2020
Genres: Non-Fiction, Self-Help
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The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day hazards of working, and they can slowly drain the joy from work, limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being. The authors offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you eliminate clutter and make space for work that really matters. They will help you overcome the challenges of workplace mess and enjoy the productivity, success, and happiness that comes with a tidy desk and mind.
So I started reading Joy at Work while I was furloughed. I needed something work-related and what better way than to learn new habits that will improve working life?
At work, I like to think that I’m quite organised, although I have a feeling that others may think that I could improve. So with that in mind I was more than ready to delve into this book.
First off, let me say that some of these tips may come across as quite obvious. But when you look at your desk and your computer really ask yourself do you implement any of these points? Work is a stressful environment even when things are going well, so why not ease that stress and make life a little bit easier for yourself?
I felt quite proud of myself within the first couple of chapters. As the first point – tidy desk – is something that I do. As I have found that on occasions when my desk has become chaotic my work productivity decreases. But also there is a lot of focus on small things that can be done to improve work life and some that I am eager to try out.
Perhaps the only negative for this book is that there is an assumption that you the worker manage your own time and are desk / computer based. Although there are some points in my opinion that can be adapted to other work sectors.
For me Joy at Work, was an easy read, that I could pick up as and when I wanted. It also showed me that while I think I’m super organised at work, there is more that I can do. But at least I am already on the road to success and getting the right mindset.