Sounds simple right? But the truth is we get used to what we get used to.
I will share an example from my own life. My last office chair was often used for another seat at the table during family game night. It ended up being broken, but still usable. It was like balancing on a top – using the seat of the chair – so I told myself it was like sitting on a Pilates ball, it will work my core. Haha. Let just say it was not easy to get comfortable in that chair, so I intended to replace it right away. I was actually at a Staples store and they didn’t have the chair I wanted, so I just kept using the chair – for almost 9 months. I had gotten used to the process of finding the “best” spot to balance the seat for maximum comfort, it no longer seemed as uncomfortable, it was just part of my day. So how many broken chairs are you sitting on?
Take a good, honest look at what you don’t like in your home office and why. Now, in the example of my broken chair, it was obvious why I didn’t like it – I prefer comfort, but not everything is so crystal clear. My problem can often be to get started. Once I get going, I’m good, but if I let myself, I can be an excellent procrastinator. Instead of writing my blog post, I can clean my bathroom, do a load of laundry, take the dog for a walk, rearrange furniture, you get the idea. And I tell myself it’s okay because I’m getting stuff done.
So the problems can be physical or mental struggles as well. Sadly, our culture has helped to become great identifier of problems, but not very good at solutions. I want you to be able to get rid of those problem areas for good, so dig a little deeper, don’t just write down the obvious, be honest with yourself. You are your own worst critic, so use that critical voice and let it run free, but for every problem there has to be a why or a solution. Even if you can’t come up with a solution, if you identify the problem with a why, the answer will come, whether from within yourself or from an outside source, and you will know it when you see it. Because you had identified the problem and why it was a problem, the solution will be easier to identify.
So this is all still part of the planning process, don’t get discouraged, you’re changing your mind just by doing this exercise, and this will have longer term benefits than if you had just bought a new filing system. Don’t get me wrong, you may need a new filing system, but until you can see the big picture, you can’t create a lasting result. Try to have fun with all your problems, they can be silly problems too – like I don’t like that my office window allows me to see my dog do his business, but I do love my large window that looks out into my backyard. This a a problem I have no immediate solution for, but I have identified the problem, so eventually a solution will come.
Oh and by the way, I did get me an awesome new office chair that is so comfortable – I’d love to know if there are any problem areas I can help you with – just leave a comment below.