Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life Hardcover – 7 April 2020
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Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein understand something very important about life and work: many times the key to success comes from subtracting, not adding. For anyone looking to bring more joy and focus to their office and career, Joy at Work is the book you've been waiting for. -- Alex Banayan, author of the #1 international bestseller The Third Door
Joy at Work is a charming antidote to the messiness of organizational life. It will help you be happier, waste less time, and lead others -- and is mighty fun to read. -- Bob Sutton, Stanford Professor, organizational psychologist, and author of bestsellers The No Asshole Rule and Good Boss, Bad Boss
Finding joy at work isn't magic ? it takes work. But it might feel a bit more like play thanks to the practical insights from Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein. -- Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife
Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein are modern-day superheroes – the dynamic duo of office efficiency and satisfaction. Their timely book delivers the tools, questions, and mindsets you need to rid the clutter that's piling on your desk, clogging your calendar, and infiltrating your personal networks. If you want joy in life, the place to begin is Joy at Work. -- Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of When, To Sell Is Human, and Drive
Marie Kondo’s magical new book made me happier at work -- Sarah Shaffi, Stylist
The Japanese organisation consultant has revolutionised the way we organise our homes, and our lives. -- Good Housekeeping
About the Author
Marie Kondo is a tidying expert, bestselling author, star of Netflix’s hit show, Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, and founder of KonMari Media, Inc.
Enchanted with organizing since her childhood, Marie began her tidying consultant business as a nineteen-year-old university student in Tokyo. Today, Marie is a renowned tidying expert helping people around the world to transform their cluttered homes into spaces of serenity and inspiration.
In her #1 New York Times bestselling book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying, Marie took tidying to a whole new level, teaching that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.
Marie has been featured in Time magazine, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Times, Vogue, The Ellen Show as well as on more than fifty major Japanese television and radio programs. She has also been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Scott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University and bestselling author of Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less – And Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined and co-author (with Marie Kondo) of Joy at Work. His award winning research, teaching, and speaking has helped Fortune 500 executives, entrepreneurs, and professionals in industries such as technology, energy, healthcare, retail, education, banking, manufacturing, and non-profits. Scott has written for the New York Times, Time Magazine, Fast Company and Harvard Business Review.
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If you're like most people (particularly those who work in offices or computer-heavy jobs), the answer is probably a lot.
What if there was a better way? In Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life (2020) organization expert Marie Kondo works with organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein to translate Kondo's by now ubiquitous KonMari method to office and work life.
If you are familiar with the KonMari method from Kondo's book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (or her show on Netflix), a lot of the ideas here will be familiar or even common sense. What different and makes this book so valuable is the specificity used to apply this advice to a work setting ranging from office work, digital life, to interpersonal relations.
Co-author Sonenshein, an organization psychologist who researches how to make work and careers more rewarding, brings in scientific data to support findings and helps shift focus from the home to the office.
Chapters and sub-headings help break down all the information provided starting with Why Tidy? and what to do If You Keep Falling Back to Clutter.
From their the chapters have granular focus to tidy: Your Workspace, Digital Work, Time, Decisions, Your Network, Meetings, and Teams. The book ends with ways to Share the Magic of Tidying and Spark Even More Joy at Work.
It's important to note that every idea here won't be applicable to every work scenario--partly because of the focus on office work and partly because not every employee will be in a position to say "I don't want to go to this meeting." That said, as with the KonMari method in general, readers are able to take as much or as little as they choose to apply to their work life. The tips here are invaluable when working in a shared office space but, for me, have been equally helpful in the past few months as I work from home.
In general the crux of the book is the focus on quality over quantity and to seek meaningful work and connections rather than saying yes to everything and every one. Joy at Work also centers the idea of work as accumulated experience (even if it isn't "fun" work or work that feels like a learning experience) and also on choice as you ask yourself to choose what you want to keep to build your ideal workspace and, eventually, your ideal work situation.
You might be asking yourself how Joy at Work is any different from Kondo's first book (or Sonenshein's first book for that matter). The key thing here is the way Joy at Work drills down on both digital tidying and also interpersonal relations. Intuitively it makes sense and is a next step from the original KonMari method but it’s nice having it spelled out here.
I finished this book feeling inspired and energized to get back to what I love about my job. It also helped me visualize what I needed to make my work from home space make sense during quarantine. Changing up work habits and tidying work things hasn't been easy, especially while working remotely, but the progress I made largely came from internalizing the advice given in Joy at Work.