Making Marie Kondo proud. How & why to audit your working week.

Making Marie Kondo proud. How & why to audit your working week.

If you were to come into our office around lunchtime, you’d soon realise our table talks nearly always revolve around the latest Netflix series that has been controlling our lives. I’m sure between all of us we could give you a detailed review on just about any documentary on there.

This week, the talk of the town: Marie Kondo. Is there anyone who isn’t cleaning out their wardrobes, rolling their t-shirts and determining which items ‘sparks joy’ at this point?

If you’re part of the small minority of the world who haven’t heard of Marie Kondo’s ways, I am presuming you’re currently living on a remote island with no internet connection and you probably won’t be reading this blog either… let’s move on, shall we? Okay. So as I was saying, there’s something about Marie’s minimalist approach that has inspired legions of fans all over the globe to throw away unnecessary items, reorganise their lives and thus become more productive and a whole lot happier in the process. She has a mile long waitlist in Japan for those seeking the guidance of this magical woman but if you’re anything like us and you’re a little too impatient for that kind of lead time, her Netflix series ‘Tidying Up with Marie Kondo’ is seriously binge-worthy and the kick in the caboose we all so desperately need.

So I thought, now we’ve got the basics of her decluttering methods down pat, why not take it one step further?

I’m talking, the dreaded work audit.

Audit, a seemingly bland word that might concoct visions of scary men in ill-fitting suits going through your taxes with a fine-tooth comb. But actually, audit can be a powerful word that can change the way you work. Forever. At the studio, we’ve recently implemented a few new structures and ways of working at Smack Bang that has dramatically changed not only the way we work but how we feel. Morale is up and so is team spirit  – so, therefore, the work we’re creating feels extra special and everyone is walking with a spring in their step.

Here’s how, and why, you should follow the KonMari trend and audit your working week.

Say sayonara to those tasks that don’t ‘spark joy’

There’s no denying the phenomenal power of delegation. We’re not talking palming off the tasks you just flat out don’t enjoy doing. Reality check, nobody likes sorting through their morning inbox. But in order to be more effective, you’ve often got to enlist the help of others in your team. Ask yourself, is there someone better who could be doing this job more efficiently? If so, delegate.

Divide and conquer (your task list)

Before Kondo gets started on her decluttering spree, she breaks down the items into five categories which really is a genius way to break up your to-do list into urgent and not so urgent tasks. When doing this, it’s important to distinguish the ‘urgent’ tasks from the ‘important’ task. Each morning, pick your challenging task for the day and start with that. Once that first chunky task is out of the way, the others will fall into place nicely.

Work smarter, not harder

This little phrase packs a whole lot of punch. It’s something that here at Smack bang we are trying to implement a lot more of, heck, we even dedicated a whole blog on how to incorporate this into your daily routine. Marie is all about decluttering for clarity and efficiency, and so are we. Multi-tasking is a lie (sorry but it is). Put your energy into simplifying your agenda and grouping similar, or batch, tasks together. This allows your brain to focus on one type of task at a time and sequentially, get more done in a shorter amount of time.

DO sweat the small stuff (sometimes)

Kondo has a unique way of treating belongings as though they have feelings. Even items as mundane as your socks can ‘spark joy’ and hold a treasured purpose in good ‘ol Marie’s eyes. Yep, you heard me correctly, your regular choice of socks play a part in your overall happiness. That’s not to say you shouldn’t throw out that old pair of socks with holes in them (you know the ones!). The point is that sometimes the simplest (and smallest) tasks in your working day can easily be overlooked and neglected but even the most seemingly insignificant can make a huge impact on your day-to-day.

Focus on the purpose

Wouldn’t it be better if we stopped coming home from a clothes haul, yet another mismatched item in hand with the vague idea that we would one-day ‘figure out’ how to wear them? Before starting a project, get to the ‘why’ of it all. If you catch yourself doing a task, once you’ve figured out the heart of why you’re doing what you’re doing, you’ll be able to complete tasks with a whole love more motivation, intent and purpose.

Now, all we need to do is muster the courage to KonMari our iPhone library.

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