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Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life

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Marie Kondo, author of the worldwide #1 bestseller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein team up to bring joy to work.

The workplace is a magnet for clutter and mess. Who hasn't felt drained by wasteful meetings, disorganized papers, endless emails, and unnecessary tasks? These are the modern-day hazards of working, and they
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Little, Brown Spark
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rachel ☾
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
i just got approved for Marie Kondo's newest book. i've well and truly Peaked

◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Emily (FictionallyFloral)
Big thank you to Little, Brown and Company for the ARC!

Marie Kondo again writes a wholly accessible and applicable self-help book! Despite being a college student not yet in the professional scene, I still found the advice and tips helpful, especially within the realm of digital tidying up! I am someone who considers herself a bit like Marie, in that we both enjoy keeping only what (in my case, think) we need. This book helped me see that while yes, I may be able to find all my things rather
For white collar workers, primarily, but there are a lot of good takeaways here about what it means to have joy at work. If you liked Kondo's Tidying Up, you'll dig this.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Like most books on work and improving your work life, it assumes you are the sole manager of your time and activities in the work place. Not only is that exclusively salaried white collar workers, it excludes whole industries such as healthcare and other clinical careers, as well as jobs with customer facing hours, not just independent office time. That's not so much a criticism of this book, as it is most books in this genre. Still, I will rate highly for those for whom it can apply.

This ARC
Kailey (BooksforMKs)
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wishlist, non-fiction
Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein give some wonderful guidelines in this book for tidying up your work. They focus on not just your desk and workspace, but also your time, contacts, email and digital documents, and decision-making process. They give advice on team-building, evaluating tasks, and how to run an effective meeting.

I liked the chapters that Marie wrote the best. Her voice is so inspirational and clear. The advice given by Scott is also good, but I didn't connect with his voice as
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
As a very tidy person already, I adore Marie Kondo and frequent books about organizational psychologists like Scott Sonenshein. But this book isnt really for me - its for people that have trouble keeping things tidy, and feel like they have no control over their physical and digital workspaces.

For those people, I do think this book can help. Kondos spark joy message is soft pedaled, probably with the assumption that white collar workers could find it sappy. Still, the advice is practical. Kondo
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Let me begin by saying that I am a proponent of the KonMari Method and I own Marie Kondos The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy. Her method has worked incredibly well for me, tying nicely into my desire to life a simpler and more sustainable lifestyle. I was excited to hear about this new publication not only because I was interested on how I could apply her method to work, but also Ive also always been interested in productivity and the field of organizational psychology (super ...more
Rachael | Booklist Queen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Decluttering queen Marie Kondo takes on your work life

Decluttering queen Marie Kondo is back, helping you spark joy in your job. With organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein, she tackles the decluttering process as it pertains to the workplace. Helping inspire you to tidy up your office, Kondo uses her KonMari method to show you that minimalism is just important at work as at home. Combined with organizing advice from Sonenshein to help you get to get your inbox in order and rework your
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks NetGalley for the review copy. I learned a lot about tidying up my work space and managing work/life balance.
Mandy Hazen
Mar 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
I was never a fan of the kondo method but wanted to see what all the hype was about. Maybe I am overthinking this but it realistically is just keep what you need, stay organized and only take on what you can take on on a daily basis. Felt a little ridiculous that people actually are obsessed with this. I did try but found it a waste of my time. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Angela Johnson
Having already read and loved The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo, I was thrilled to have received Joy at Work in a Goodreads giveaway.

Maries already come into our homes and helped us embrace the material items that spark joy and let go of the items that do not. I noticed a huge difference in my household after my husband and I tackled this together. Keeping our house clean was a lot easier, tidying every day took minutes, and then our deep cleans were quicker and easier too. We
Jennifer Rumack
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I work from home and was interested in the original concept of Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up that Maire Kondo translates now to the workplace. Clean it up, use only what is necessary/brings joy and bask in the productivity that cleaning clutter brings to your work life. My desk is in the center of our home, so an aesthetically pleasing area is essential for me. The first half of the book focuses on the physical organization of the things. The second half of the book jumps into decluttering ...more
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was able to read an advanced copy of this, thanks to Netgalley.

I felt some of this was a reiteration from her original book, but worded for the workplace, which isn't a bad thing. Though, I did have a chuckle that in the book (this isn't a direct quote) that even if something didn't spark joy for you in the work place, you better double check and see if you needed it.
For instance, meetings don't spark joy for me, but I have to go, so there are tips on how to make it better.

There were
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my honest review of Joy at Work. I was able to be able to read an advanced copy of this book from the publisher, Little, Brown and Company, via an ebook through NetGalley.

I quite enjoyed Marie Kondos other two books and frequently refer to The Life Changing Magic if Tidying Up. Joy at work offers readers a new way to organize their workspace, emails, and daily life at work. I found that I already naturally do some of the things she advised but did find some new tips I would like to try
I just love Marie Kondo, and I find her decluttering highly inspirational, motivational, and productive. Joy at Work is a MUST for anyone who wants to improve their workspace.

I couldn't even get through a chapter of Joy at Work without putting down the title to take immediate action.

While not all parts were relevant to my line of work (ie how to run more effective meetings), I loved sections that talked about cleaning up digital files and how to create the best happy and healthy workspace.

Cristie Underwood
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marie Kondo had quite a high bar to reach with her next book thanks to the success of her most recent one. She has reached that bar with this guide to eliminating clutter at work and truly having joy when you go there. As with the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie provides insight and suggestions that can apply to any person that reads it. Yes, there is a lot about organizing desk space, which is difficult if you do not have a desk, but she also offers important advice on dealing with ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'll be using many of these techniques in my new career path at work. I've flagged and noted quite a few sections that will help me out.

Okay this is an extremely early review, but I just needed to get my thoughts down ASAP. I have gone through a lot of changes are work recently and am in a new role. I had been preparing for this role by reading books on leadership and coaching, but hadn't found anything about organizing my work. This came at the perfect time for me. I need to make sure I am
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book and had never heard of many of the concepts that she discusses. However, after reading a few chapters and her recommendations on cleaning and organizing I started to see a repeated theme and started to drift off while reading. I really tried to stay focused and attack each new chapter with the same energy as I did the first few but couldnt stay as engaged.

I do recommend this book, but over a longer period of time and not necessarily over a weekend. Take your time, read it
Steph Cherry
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This may be my favorite of Marie Kondo's books. It may be because it met me right where I am at or the fact that it goes far beyond the act of tidying. Marie quietly leads us to not only honor ourselves and our spaces, but also how to honor others. Instead of going into work with cluttered hearts and minds, we can bring clear thoughts, and even, you guessed it, joy.

I appreciate Marie. Her words have helped me release a lot of clutter and get to know what I actually love. It seems that our
Amanda Mae
I had planned to finish this book so much sooner, since it is a pretty quick read, but then coronavirus happened and my reading schedule got WAY off. BUT this book is full of some interesting advice and has the cute charm of Marie Kondo's other books (which I also enjoyed). While sometimes there seemed to be too many details on certain aspects of work life, I still found a lot of useful information to apply or at least think about. A definite recommendation for KonMari fans!
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved Marie Kondo's first book and was excited to read the follow up, focusing efforts on the office. I found her approach to tidying up at work simple but effective. I liked how things were broken down into physical tidiness, such as papers, but also covered less concrete aspects, like your email inbox. It was a good read for me to start off the new year and I've incorporated some suggestions already.
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
This book is a great collection of recommendations to organize in the workplace. The problem is that none of the content is particularly new. Between other books about organizing your time and even Spark Joy, the content is a common sense extension, and pretty repetitive. That being said, for someone who hasnt dipped their toe into getting organized and is overwhelmed by all the information, meetings, emails, and papers at work this is a great book. ...more
Kelly Faysash
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you enjoyed Marie Kondo's previous book, you'll like this work-focused approach to tidying up. Her philosophy is the same: create a clutter-free, joy filled work environment and you will be happier. We all know that clutter and a messy desk can easily create a feeling of overwhelm and Marie breaks down how to apply her strategies to your office in order to create a more pleasant and peaceful working experience. Quick read with actionable steps!
mya spradlin
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was blessed to receive an ARC and I was honestly so excited about this book after falling in love with her first book. I was slow in finishing this because of the changes that quarantine and covid-19 are bringing to my life, but if that was not going on, I would have flown through it much quicker. This is such a wonderful book and it has helped motivate me even more to tidy my space. My desk is now in perfect order and harmony.
Jenn Adams
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unfortunate that this is coming out when most people are away from their usual workspaces, but I think this could be equally, if not even more useful in a home workspace. This takes the classic KonMari method and applies it to one's work/desk area - both in the physical and digital sense.

Thanks to Net Galley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Courtney Rodgers
Having read Kondo's previous works, I wasn't expecting to find anything groundbreaking in this book. However, I feel like this book has a broader appeal and is less "out there" for western audiences. Sonenshein's business expertise adds value to this book. Excellent book for office workers, but didn't offer much for anyone with non-traditional jobs.
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
There isnt much new here if youve read 1) her previous books or 2) pretty much any business productivity book...but it never hurts to hear it all again. Entirely worth the price of admission, though, was the revelation that when her two children were very young, even Marie Kondos house was a mess. There is hope for all of us. ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book makes you want to start organizing.I know its coming out at a tough time when most people are working from home but how cluttered are our home work spaces because we are trying to juggle family,home and work under one roof.Having control of organizing my work space has helped me with dealing things out of my control.
Thankyou Netgalley for this ARC
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I won this book as a part of a Goodreads giveaway. I adore Marie Kondo and this book is just as a light, breezy read as it's predecessor, with just as many amazing pointers that really work when you're trying to get rid of the extra stuff in your life/office. Anyone that enjoyed 'The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up' and/or has an office or any space for their work should read this
Thanks to NetGalley, publisher and wonderful author, for allowing me to have a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I really liked this author's 2 previous books. I think that I consider myself an organized person and I find myself curious of ways to be even more organized. This is more of a reference book to go back to than a one time read and then forget about it kind of book. I see myself coming back to ready specific parts of this book as a refresher when it comes to ...more
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Marie Kondo (近藤 麻理恵) is a Japanese organizing consultant and author. Kondo's method of organizing is known as the KonMari Method, and one of the main principles is keeping only possessions which "spark joy."

Kondo's best-seller The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing has been published in more than 30 countries.

She was listed as one of the world's 100

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