Nurturing Spaces Expand Your Possibilities

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What will your nurturing spaces look and feel like?

Nurturing spaces not only enhance the quality of your life – they also have a concrete impact on your productivity and, ultimately, on your success.

In recent issues of the Finding Time E-zine we’ve been exploring some de-cluttering tips to help you create nurturing spaces in your life. And the thing is, when you think about making a comfortable, inviting environment for yourself, you may not extend that  to your work space. But that may actually be where you need it most!

Nurturing Spaces – Where are Yours?

So, think about your living and working spaces for a moment, and ask yourself these questions:

  • Have you created a warm and uplifting environment in which to spend part of your day, yet stopped short of extending that same kind of welcome to yourself in other areas?
  • Where do you feel most welcome and where do you feel less so?
  • How does this affect the time you spend in each place?

Envision your place of work, for example. Whether you work inside or outside the home, alone or with family or colleagues, you deserve a workspace that invites you to do your best with the maximum of comfort and the minimum of stress.

So, now focusing specifically on the place where you work, ask yourself these questions:

  • How do you feel when you first enter this space?
  • Is the lighting sufficient?
  • Is the temperature okay for you?
  • Do you have a comfortable place to stand, move, or sit?
  • Are your work tools adequate, and can you use them efficiently and without risk of injury?

You can learn a lot by noticing ways you have or have not yet created a nurturing space for yourself. Perhaps what is missing in your work environment also undercuts your approach to work.

For example, if you mercilessly push yourself, gritting your teeth simply to get through the workday, see if you also push past poor working conditions and unsatisfactory work arrangements.

If, on the other hand, you spend much of your time at work wishing you were elsewhere, you may discover that distractions in your environment constantly command your attention, slowing your progress and making you feel trapped.

Creating Your Nurturing Space for Work

So, next, picture yourself walking into an environment that welcomes you. In this setting, your shoulders relax, and you feel naturally drawn to open your project. Your creativity is stimulated, you can easily access what’s needed, and distractions are kept to a minimum. You work efficiently and comfortably.

Ask yourself:

  • How does this ideal space differ from your current work setting?
  • How might you modify the colors, the organization, the equipment and boundaries to better support yourself and your work?
  • When will you do this?
  • What is your first step?

Any change will boost your morale, and no beginning is too small — so here’s to your time success!

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