Scott Sonenshein, co-author with Marie Kondo of Joy at Work joins us to explore how our work life is evolving and the importance of productivity and organization in our professional life.
Scott Sonenshein is the Henry Gardiner Symonds Professor of Management at Rice University. He holds a PhD in organizational behavior from the University of Michigan, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a BA from the University of Virginia.
As an author, he is best known for his work Stretch and, most recently, he co-wrote Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life with Marie Kondo.
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In this episode, you’ll enjoy:
Scott’s time in the wild west of the dot.com boom and what he learned during his work at a startup.
Hear our review of Joy at Work here: Ep 128-Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein.
How Scott met Marie and how they worked together on the book.
How to organize time, networking, and productivity using the KonMari Method.
How to function and thrive in an uncertain environment.
The usefulness of applying what you are learning in your home environment to your workplace environment once life has returned to the new normal.
Scott's favorite organizing tip:
“The practice of gratitude goes a long way in KonMari’ing your professional life.”
What sparks joy for Scott:
Scott is studying our new work environment and he’s finding that people are finding joy even in troubling times.
Scott’s daughters have been hosting a restaurant night for Mom and Dad each week. They are going all out with a menu, decorations, a theme! (We loved this!)
“Focus on the urgent and the important task.”
“Activity clutter’ is doing things that are not making that much of a difference.”
“It’s really a good time to be focusing on what we are doing with our lives.”
“Clutter can really spiral out of control.”