The Organising Guru from the Oprah show
Two weeks ago, AAPO (our industry association) celebrated N.O.W. With workshops, stalls and a special breakfast with Peter Walsh, organised by Dymo, our major sponsor for that week.
Hugely enjoyable; I have never been at the Westin Hotel, which is a beautiful conversion of the old GPO on Martin Place in Sydney. The Architect in me was very impressed.
The cook in me was impressed with the service and absolutely delicious breakfast. There was a whole table of Organisers and Peter Walsh always makes a point to get the message out there that POs exist in Australia, too. He even recognised me from the last years, which made me feel very special indeed.
One of your questions and one in the room for Peter Walsh were: what’s your most important organising tip? “It’s not about the stuff! Leave the stuff for a moment and think about a vision. A vision for your live, a vision for work. Following from there you should be able to create a more concrete vision of your workplace. And that doesn’t mean what filing system you want or what colour pencil holder. Words like welcoming, productive and inspiring came up in the room. That’s your motivation to get it done, getting rid of everything that is in the way of that vision.
Another one was: “I never have time” And I completely agree with Peter Walsh here. “It’s not about time, it’s about importance. If it’s important enough you’ll find time. If you think, your employer doesn’t value a clutter free environment, it’s hard to maintain one.” As a leader you have to give your team permission to create a clutter free desk. “When you are organised, you function on a much higher level.”
A couple of other quotes, I thought worth mentioning here:
“Clutter is a decision delayed”
“Later is the best friend of clutter”
“The most important minutes in your workday are the last 10. Set up the workspace for tomorrow”