Using Marie Kondo’s Philosophy to Tidy Up Your Career

Marie Kondo

Marie Kondo seems to be a divisive figure because some people believe in her philosophy in tidying up the house, while others disagree. Regardless of your opinion of her, you cannot deny that she has become the face of tidying up these days, and people look at her videos to seek help in cleaning up their messy homes.

Kondo’s philosophy does not have to be limited to home cleaning. You can also follow her views when you decide to organize your career.

You should not let your possessions have power over you

This is one of Kondo’s philosophies that you can use at work. When it is time for you to take a break, you need to do it. Do not let your computer and phone take control of what you need to do. In the morning when you wake up, you need to enjoy a hot bath and a nice meal. Avoid checking your phone since you have a lot of time to do it later during the day. Speaking of possessions, you also need to be cautious with how you spend your money to purchase new gadgets. Be wise in determining which items are worth buying and how much you need to save for your future.

We need homes free from non-essentials

We need homes free from non-essentials

Kondo also believes that we need to let go of things that are not essential in our lives. It means that you have to learn how to say no. When you disagree with someone, you cannot just accept it and move on. If someone tells you to do a new task on top of an existing task, you should also learn how to say no. There is a way for you to disagree with your colleagues and your boss without being rude.

Let go of some things to have room for what makes you happy

Life is not always about work. Even if you want a salary bump or a promotion in the future, it does not mean that you have to dedicate your life only for work. You need to also take a break. Let go of the things in your schedule that not important. It also extends to the type of job that you have right now. If you are only doing it because you have to, it might be time to consider letting it go. You need to pursue a career that makes you happy. Otherwise, you will feel stuck for the rest of your life.

Only keep things in your life that spark joy

Perhaps, this is Kondo’s most popular philosophy. She tells people to touch things first before throwing or keeping them. If they spark joy, you can keep them. The same thing applies to the people at work. You did not work to make lots of friends. It does not mean you are making enemies either. It means that you need to go with people who are lifting you up and make you feel that what you do matters. Avoid going out with people who keep talking about other people since they are toxic.

It is not easy changing your career and eliminating things that are not useful to you. However, when you see the benefits of these changes, you will feel motivated.

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