Erma Bombeck Vs Martha Stewart – How A Perfection Mindset In Your Home Office Hurts Productivity

A few years after Martha Stewart became a star (before the prison concert), she could be seen on television in her spotless home, wrapping perfect gifts in satin ribbon and decorating sugar cookies in all Degas style. .

I don’t know how the family joke started, but my mother started referring to the Connecticut queen as “Martha F. Stewart.” Not to offend, but you can probably guess what the middle initial meant.

Credit goes to Ms. Stewart for helping America reconnect with its abandoned homes and discovering that we could feather and snuggle into our nests. However, her inimitable style upped the ante for America’s working moms, in particular, and sparked a good case of resentment and guilt.

I think that’s what my mother meant.

Is Martha in your office?

I was talking to a client the other day who has been battling habitual clutter and winning. But when he mentioned that a small pile had formed on his desk, I could hear his voice getting smaller and his energy reducing.

When I inquired, he realized that his expectation of a functioning and orderly office was that he didn’t have to have anything, any in that. Brilliant, ready for the photoshoot. Martha F. Stewart.

Could not be farther from the truth.

The fact is, your office has to work for you, not the other way around. Your office is where you work, and work, by nature, is messy.

If you’re in the middle of a project, it’s natural to have the supplies you need to complete it on hand. It may sound like a mess, but it’s okay.

Something more like reality

I like Erma Bombeck. If you have not read any of his books, I recommend that you choose one. Any of them. She used her wicked sense of humor to make poignant remarks about motherhood, marriage, missing socks, and life in general.

His philosophy, or so it seems to me, is that life is full and messy and you better find the fun in it so you can get ahead. She made sure not to worry about the little things.

She is more of my type of girl because her attitude parallels my own approach to office organization and design. If your space works for you and your business, great. You can always tweak what doesn’t work, but don’t go after perfection. It will only tire you out.

Instead, find love in your work, fun in it, and make sure your space is functional enough to get it right. There is enough time for Martha F later.

Things to try

1. Inspiration:

If you surround yourself with talismans and images, you may not stop to notice them very often.

So, look around your office and look for things that are beautiful and inspiring for you. Then take a moment to really immerse yourself in the energy and inspiration they bring to you.

2. Importance:

Find something in your space that anyone else might find ugly or messy, but is important to you.

Maybe you have a project going on that is your next big thing. Congratulate yourself on having the vision to make it come true (even if you haven’t touched it in a while).

Or, if you have an item or collection that reminds you of a special person or event in your life, pause to reconnect with that significant memory. These are the deep roots that give us the courage to fly.

3. Gratitude:

Your workspace is a sacred container for your business. Take a deep, cleansing breath and thank your office for supporting you.

Soak up the importance of having the space and tools together so your business can thrive and help others.

By noticing the beauty and purpose of your office and its content, you nourish yourself and give yourself the strength to keep going. What beautiful gifts you, in turn, can give to the world.

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