Episode 1 – Move Your Desk

Welcome to the first episode of the Move Your Desk show!

This podcast provides inspirational nudges and practical approaches to help you find and do your best work.

This may require personal change, thinking about your work differently, and using mental/physical frameworks to move you to the next level of effectiveness.

Your best work is yet to come and is waiting for you to get ready right where you are or somewhere new. And, sometimes the desk that needs to be moved is only the desk in your mind.

The question is – are you reading to move your desk? Join the conversation and let’s move it together.

Episode 1 Show Notes

  • Introduction of the Move Your Desk podcast series
  • Reminder of all of the desks in our lives (e.g. first school desk, secondary desks, and desks at our jobs)
  • Desks are reminders of how we need to set up ourselves to do our best work.
  • Often our mind provides a mental desk that we have to decide when and where to move it.

Episode 1 Transcript

This is Rebecca Clark. Episode one Move your desk.

This podcast is for anyone that knows they haven’t yet found and offered up their best work but are compelled to seek it out and do it. I’m excited that you are listening to this show. And, I’m hopeful that you already realized that we will not be talking about desks entire time.

I love the symbol of a desk. I think that all of us have had desks throughout our lives, and many of us remember when we had our first desk when we were in grade school or at home. The memories associated with that are hopefully good. I know mine are.

I remember being in grade school and having a desk. I love that there was this heavy wood wooden lid that I had to lift up and I could even hide behind it if I wanted to. I could organize that desk perfectly, and it was great to see all those special school supplies and books all in one spot. It was surprising to me sometimes, too, to discover that other people didn’t treat their desks in the same way. Sometimes when you rotate around the room, you’d sit at someone’s desk. You’d take that sneak peek under the lid of the desk and think, Whoa, what is that? Massive paper piles and books? And there might even be a shirt in there, wrappers, and other stuff so clearly it was their personal garbage can. It was not the spot where they enjoyed organizing those tools that would help them perform better in school.

Then, many of us went on to junior high and high school, and perhaps college, where a desk became a little bit more impersonal. You would occupy it for an hour or two, and then you’d leave. There were no drawers. There were no special places to put your stuff, and often they weren’t even good for the task you needed to do in class, which is usually take notes of some sort. I’m a left hander and it was especially difficult when most the desks were right hand fitted desks. So, desks have been part of most of our lives.

When we moved into our professional environments, after any kind of schooling, whether you’re a mechanic or a teacher or someone in a corporate environment, there’s often a space dedicated for you to place your work, to do your work and to hopefully perform your best work. And, that’s often a desk.

Some have wanted to have that corner office with the big windows in the big executive desk. Others of us, like me, are content as long as I have a space to put a couple of items, have a computer, and preferably stand most of the day. So I really love the desks that can go up and down and suit my need for the moment.

The desks can really be a hindrance to us as well. So that’s something that’s important to remember when we have this object that is part of our lives, that it doesn’t become something that holds us back from achieving our best potential. And I wanted to share a story that happened recently that was very powerful to me.

I was working in an environment where there are a few buildings that were quite toxic. People were actually getting sick, but it took a while to realize that it was coming from the buildings. People thought they were just tired from working hard or maybe stressed out from some things. And yet, as we talked and shared experiences with each other, we realized that this building actually had some problems. It’s interesting to see what happens when you identify a root cause of something because sometimes it’s very clear what next step to take. And you would think that would be clear to those that work in a toxic building.

The building is toxic. Let me get out of here so that I can do my work and so that I can be healthy and strong.

That’s not what happened.

And, what’s super interesting to me is that this was a group of very intelligent people, very well educated, very experienced, and many of them felt held to stay and occupy their desk. There were many other places to work at home on different buildings that were identified, many people decided to go into the toxic environment all day, every day and try to work, and they could not do their best work.

It demonstrates that there could be some fears associated with working and different places and not being available to those that need to seek you out during the day. But it also spoke to the need for most of us to have a special spot to do our work. And for those of us who carried our backpacks around and found different places to work, it was harder. Even though we had better air, it was difficult to do the work with all of the computers and computer monitors and the phones and the simple little things that have to be in place sometimes for us to do the communication and thinking that was required.

It was fascinating to me to see how many people chose their desk over a safer place to work.

Now there’s many ways we can handle that kind of situation. We can stay and plow through it. We can stay and work fewer hours in that setting. We can go and work from home. And perhaps the ultimate way to take care of yourself would leave the organization entirely so that you would never be in that building ever again.

But, it’s hard to know what the right answer is for any given person because we all have a different path that we’re on and we’re all a different points on our different paths.

This podcast is intended to help each of us do our best work. If it requires us to stay in the same spot and do our work smarter, that might be ok. Or, we stay in the same organization and perhaps move into a different role. That might be the right step too. If it requires us to get more skills and move on to have a new start somewhere else, that might be the right thing to do at that point in time. And that could be a different answer each year or in each job.

I have had the chance to move my desk numerous times in my life. I’m anxious to share some of the experiences that I’ve had along the way, primarily stories that will help nudge you to do your best work while providing practical approaches and frameworks to help you improve whatever work you’re doing.

And in this process, I hope that you push back on my desk and tell me your stories and your insights and ask to be highlighted because they’re so many lessons that so many of us can share. As I went through many hours of commuting, many meetings, many high profile and fast paced projects over the years, it became very clear that all of us want to do our best work but are sometimes tired or worn out or discouraged or just don’t know how to take that step.

So I hope you enjoy this opportunity to learn and grow and share and to think about the importance of your desk and how it may be helping and hindering you. And sometimes this desk is a mental desk that we have in our brain.

Thank you for listening to another episode of more Does Show. If you enjoyed listening, I would love if you would take the time to give a five star and share the podcast with friends that are also seeking to do their best work. See you next Monday!

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