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What’s your workspace telling you?

A couple of notes:

First off, apologies for the cat meowing + phone ringing interruption in the video. I was going to re-record, but to be honest, this was like my tenth take already (lots of camera issues!) so I figured I’d best not tempt fate.

Books mentioned: A Whole New Mind by Dan Pink & How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci by Michael Gelb

What I mean by taking a daily/monthly goals template & turning it into a mini dry erase board:

Taking something like this (except I’m creating my own), printing it out, and framing it a la this – so that the goals template is covered by glass and magically becomes dry-erase-able. Voila! One each for daily and monthly goals/priorities. (I’m still planning on using my paper planner – which is also always on my desk – for laying out my weeks.)

And that’s about it! Any questions? Any thoughts on how you’re going to improve your workspace?Β 

If you loved this post or found it super useful, please share it with your friends. After all, that’s how good ideas spread, right?

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    • Isn’t it AWESOME?! I’m fighting the urge to make them and hang them all over my house. So cool & so much more aesthetically pleasing than the usual whiteboard.

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  1. Hi Michelle! I loved all the information you gave! I think you should capture some of the little tips you have— like that one about putting the daily goals in a picture frame so it becomes a dry erase board. I just bought this amazing notepad for really awesome looking to-do lists but I am afraid to use them because they are too pretty. That was a great way to use them! LOVED THAT TIP!You should write a little e-course or something where you send tips every day or week to a better workspace! AH! That would be amazing!

    I always have so many ideas for you, Michelle!

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    • Oh Shenee! That is a lovely idea! I’ll have to hold on to it – I’ve been thinking about doing some sort of course or class offering & that’s a great start. πŸ˜€ Thank you for sharing! I’m glad you liked the framing/dry-erase tip πŸ™‚

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  2. What perfect timing for me to read this post! If only I could show you a picture of my (disastrous) current workspace… I will be moving soon though, so I don’t want to invest too much time into creating the perfect workspace here – but it definitely got my brain working on how to design my new space! Thanks πŸ™‚

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    • Oh, I know the pain of moving and not wanting to mess with your workspace in the meantime! I just went through that less than a month ago when we moved. As you saw in the video, my current workspace still isn’t perfect…but we can always keep improving them, as long as we know what we’re working towards πŸ™‚ Good luck once you move, and thank you for reading + commenting! Glad you enjoyed the post!

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  5. Nice coincidence: I just heard “A whole new mind” (as audio book, a live presentation) and found it fascinating. Still very true, even though it’s a few years old.

    What message is my environment sending me … I looked around, after reading your newsletter headline. And gritted my teeth. Message: “too much stuff”? Or: “if you hoard enough paper, you can feel as if you accomplished something”?

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    • Isn’t it a great book? I’m glad you enjoyed it too!

      So, your workspace might not be sending you the most positive message right now…but the good news is, is that you know that now, and you also know you can change it. This can be a great opportunity for you πŸ™‚

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  6. I set an intention to improve my work space this month and this video gave me a lot of good ideas for doing that. Thank you Michelle. I also enjoyed the cat in the lap. πŸ™‚

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