Alan and I share an office in our basement. It is a space that is used pretty much every day—and besides the kitchen, it has become somewhat of a hub in our home.
Since moving into this home just over a year ago, our office has taken on a life of its own, (especially on my side.) A place for everything and everything in its place—well, not so much. Not only that, I was noticing I no longer enjoyed spending time working in my office space.
Let’s just say this space has been calling for my attention for quite some time.
Here’s the one thing I have learned about those “attention-callers” (sometimes better known as attention-naggers!!!).
Yes, it was time to pay attention to what had my attention. (I know it doesn’t seem like too much of a mess here because I totally forgot to take a picture at the height of the chaos.)
I tend to be inspired and work my best when the area around me is pretty. I am drawn to soft, neutral and peaceful colours. I couldn’t find file folders in the store that met that criteria, so I decided to make some out of scrapbooking paper and washi tape to replace the bolder coloured ones I had been using. Click here for the link to the tutorial I followed.
It was also a good time to sort through the budging piles stuffed into those original file folders. I was amazed at how much stuff I had forgotten about–yet kept–but didn’t need anymore.
Several years ago I found this wood crate on the side of a street in downtown Toronto, hauled it home on the subway, and painted it white. It now sits on my desk and holds my file folders and planning binders. As for the white binders, I slid left-over scrapbooking paper from the file folders project inside their clear outer pockets and spine.
In full disclosure, I still have a couple of shelves on the bookcase behind my desk that look like this…
…and a filing cabinet that will be spending a few hours with me and my scanner. But that will be the next step that will get my attention.
For today, paying attention to what was nagging at my attention has helped me get clear about all the stuff around me in my office and give me space both physically and mentally to give my attention to what most deserves my attention. (Oh my…were you able to track with me through that sentence??!)
I shared this with you today not to let you know that I finally organized my office (because really, who cares but me?) but to hopefully inspire you to take a step in paying attention to what has been nagging for your attention.
Three tips to help you along the way…
- Not everything has to be done all at once. Sometimes I become immobilized to even take the first step to paying attention to what has my attention because I think that if I start, I have to do it all. Right now. Then I think of all kinds of creative reasons why I can’t take that first step. Oh my!
- The way to get started is to stop thinking and talking about it–and start doing it! I find something almost magical happens when you take that first step–it’s like you get traction and begin to gain momentum. Not to mention, that nagging for your attention diminishes!!
- Get honest with yourself. I can make so many excuses–especially the “I don’t have time or energy” excuse. Truth is, sometimes that is legit. But often it isn’t. So if I truly need to pay attention to something I have to get honest and real about why I am avoiding it.
So, what is it that has your attention right now?
What is keeping you from paying attention to what has your attention right now?
What is your first step and when are you going to take it?
Part of making today count is paying attention to what has our attention so that we can give our attention to what deserves our attention!
You can do this! Cheering you on! And let’s talk about it…leave a comment below!