How to Harness The Happiness Advantage

If you create a workspace you enjoy being in you’re going to be happier.

If you’re happy – you will produce better work.

(watch the first 35 seconds for proven benefits of positivity at work)

Why not give yourself every advantage to do your best work? Identifying and writing down the elements that can make your space work for you, will help you in evaluating what you really want for your office.

These include:

  • Clutter control
  • Paper management systems
  • Storage
  • Filing systems
  • Equipment
  • Lighting
  • Sound
  • Color
  • Design
  • Use of space

If you want to get organized or be better organized, you can do it.

Getting started is the hardest part. It’s challenging to think and focus among clutter. A chronically messy office causes stress, and being under stress interferes with your ability to be organized. When you intentionally create a space to do your best work, you will experience the happiness advantage.

3 things you can do today to start the process of transforming your space.

Set a timer for 20 minutes and see how much you can get done.

  1. Take out anything that doesn’t belong in your office and put it elsewhere; or remove 5 items a day until you’re left with what’s absolutely essential for doing your best work. Once these items are out of your office – sort them into one of 3 bags: give away (donate or recycle), put away (determine where it belongs and put it there), and trash (when in doubt, throw it out).
  2. Clear off your desk – move items into files, drawers, shelves, the wastebasket, or another surface. Keep the things you use often easily accessible and items you use occasionally in a drawer or closet. Keep a desktop file organizer close by for current projects only.
  3. Be sure to keep a picture of someone or something you can enjoy while you’re working as a reminder of why you’re working so hard.

“All glory comes from daring to begin.” Eugene F. Ware

Shawn Achor, co-founder of the Institute of Applied Positive Research, is one of the world’s leading experts on human potential. He spent more than a decade studying and researching the field of positive psychology at Harvard University where he graduated magna cum laude and later received his Master’s Degree.

To learn more about how happiness inspires productivity watch this 12-minute TED talk video – The Happy Secret to Better Work.

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