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09/30/2009

Does your workspace energize and focus you?

Next time you're at your desk, open up your attention and be where you are. What does it feel like? What bothers you? What doesn't belong? What do you love? What gives you a lift as soon as you notice it?

It's funny how such a simple thing as asking "am I getting what I need here?" can be so hard to remember to do regularly. The benefits of asking that question of yourself and acting on your answers are huge.

Take five minutes out from everything else, breath deeply, and look around.

Spot one thing that isn't as it should be and change it right now.

Maybe it's a souvenir you no longer love that can be thrown out or donated to charity. Get it out of here.

Maybe it's your computer desktop still showing the default image it came with. Put a picture on there of someplace beautiful that makes you feel alive and awake.

Maybe it's a stack of magazines from two years ago that you should decide you really don't need to read. Toss 'em in the recycling.

Maybe it's an empty stapler that needs to be refilled, for which you've been needing to get a fresh box of staples. Walk over to the supply closet, drop a note to the person who'll restock your desk, or add it to your errands list to remind yourself when next you're out and about.

Maybe it's something big like the complete lack of a view. So add "get a better office" to your projects list and spend a moment brainstorming a few things you can do to get that ball rolling (e.g. prep notes for annual review, rearrange office layout to face more towards windows across the hall, update resume). Whatever your tasks are, add them to your to-do list and make them a priority.

Every day take these few minutes out to tune in and give your world a little twist toward the best day you can imagine. It all adds up!

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