When you look around your workspace what do you see? I think our workspaces should not simply be a space where we get our work done, but a tool to help support us in actually doing our work. Everyone's space is a unique extension of themselves and I would never argue that we should all have the same type of space. I do think, however, that there are a few things that should characterize every knowledge worker's workspace.
If you're a knowledge worker I think you should be able to look around your space and easily see:
- The plan for what you're going to do this week.
- The plan for what you're going to do today.
- Your "hard landscape"
- Some projects that aren't active but you want to "percolate."
- And at least one thing that inspires or motivates you.
For me, this looks like:
- A whiteboard that has a list of the projects I'm working on this week, any upcoming due dates, all my "hard landscape" items for this week, and a short list of "percolating" projects I want my subconscious to work on even though I'm not going to actively work on them this week.
- An index card that has my daily plan written on it and it is clipped to the front of the notebook that sits on my desk.
- A picture of my four younger brothers, which motivates me to work hard and be a good role model.
- A meaningful quote either written on the whiteboard or written on an index card and stuck to the wall.
Photo by me