Don't Throw Stones At Every Dog That Barks

Part I - How to get things done

I always plan to get creative work done on time, but distractions ensue, busyness becomes an excuse, and sometimes I fall short. Why is that? Why is it that sometimes, despite being internally motivated, work does not get completed. I discovered one of the reasons to be poor workspace design.

For example, my work gets delayed if my workplace is not optimized for focus. And, my work takes longer when my working area does not address my strengths and my limitations. Have you run into similar issues? If your answer is ‘no,’ ‘maybe,’ or ‘I don’t know,’ then it’s time to re-design your workspace.  

Any workspace and task can be designed around personal needs and unconscious demands. For instance, if you sit down to work, notice dishes in the sink, and decide to clean the dishes instead of focusing on your work, then you have a personal need to get things done in a clean environment. 

We always try to make ourselves fit our work, but we often forget that we can design the work to fit us. It’s a known fact that we have varying levels of attention, focus, stamina, and immunities toward distraction. It only makes sense that you need to create an accommodating workplace to meet this level of variability. 

If you find yourself being easily distracted, or unable to complete creative work on-time, then give our suggestions, in the next few blogs, a try. An optimized workspace not only allows you to get work done on time, but also limits the number of mistakes you might make.

A great example of this is when we are try to complete multiple tasks sequentially.  Knowing that a backlog exists often results in a desperate attempt to get the job done quickly. When steps are executed in haste, the chances of making a mistake go up. This causes us to accidentally miss a step, or take wasteful steps to complete the work. 

The chance of making a mistake increases if the right tools aren’t available at the right time. Searching for the proper tools during work affects all tasks that follow. When we spend time looking for our tools instead of working, then it’s clear that the workplace has not been designed to meet our needs. 

A workplace designed around our needs is more likely to help us get the job done.

The absence of work place optimization leads to mistakes and prolonged schedules, which often breeds self-doubt. Eventually, self-doubt affects confidence, and the lack of confidence can discourage us from taking action in the future. We want to avoid this habit at all costs because self-doubt has a detrimental effect on achievement.

It’s easy to give up when the tools you need are not easily available. We are more likely to quit when the number of tasks seem daunting, or when the information we need is hidden. 

We often overlook the fact that a poorly designed workspace reduces our chance of getting creative work done on time. In the next few posts, I will share a few experiences that have helped me overcome hurdles in the work place. And, I hope you find some of the ideas helpful.

If you are interested in learning more, please join us next time to learn details about how to optimize your work, your workplace, and your working habits. Thank you for joining me on this magical journey.

“Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.” 

Aristotle