Office Ah Ha!

What is right under your nose? What are you overlooking? What does it take to open your eyes to it?

Looking at the world with beginners eyes sounds easy and is a lifelong pursuit. There are things hiding right in front of you all the time, and all it takes is a slight shift to see things differently.

For the past two years I have been teaching a creativity and innovation class where more than one class is spent looking at how space effects how we think and work.

  • If you set up rows of chairs, people come in, sit down, and wait for the entertainment to happen on stage.
  • If you setup small cafe tables and chairs, they will sit and start chatting.
  • If you have an open space with higher ceilings people generate bigger ideas.

Space matters.

For those same two years, I have had a home office. I moved into a new place and set up my desk, filing cabinets, bookshelves, etc. And I have been in there about 15 times. Where do I work? In my bedroom with vaulted ceilings and big windows that look out on the Pacific Ocean.

On day in class as I heard the words coming out of my mouth – “Don’t default to what space you are given, be intentional and set your space to what you need for the task” it hit me.

I don’t need a desk. I don’t need file cabinets in my “office”. I don’t need and office. I need a creativity chamber. I need a brainstorming parlor. I need open space and whiteboards on every vertical surface.

I saw my life through beginners eyes again to the real need.

So, now I have a new project to prototype and some office furniture to move.

What is sitting right in front of you that needs a new perspective? How will you change your viewpoint? Where can you reframe?