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Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life

(Magic Cleaning #3)

3.47  ·  Rating details ·  4,026 ratings  ·  590 reviews
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 can slowly drain the joy from work, limit our chances of career progress, and undermine our well-being. The authors offer stories, studies, and strategies to help you ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published April 7th 2020 by Little, Brown Spark
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Joshua Stansbury Yes. I felt a if the first three were a basic review of how the Mari Kondo method works and how she developed the method. The rest gets in to more pra…moreYes. I felt a if the first three were a basic review of how the Mari Kondo method works and how she developed the method. The rest gets in to more practical ways to apply that method to all areas of your work life.(less)

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Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
This book is overall just OK, and therefore disappointing. Mostly because the sections by Mari's co-author - which amounts to more than half the book - were next to useless.

Sections by Marie: good. I quite enjoyed reading about her struggles with maintaining Joy as her business grew and new challenges arose, as well as when her children were little. The self-reflective parts of the book by Marie were easily the best, and also the most relevant to her students - which, I doubt, is what the author
rachel ☾
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.

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. ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 qui
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
The humor of reading this while being quarantined at home is not lost on me. It may seem irrelevant to read about sparking joy at work when you’re not physically in the office, but I find that many of these principles still apply. My desk right now is actually a dining table, which I’m also using as my mask sewing area. It’s cluttered and distracting. Kondo states that keeping a clean workspace allows you to focus better on your work, and I find that to be true now more than ever when I’m having ...more
Ben Rogers
REALLY basic book. I am really unimpressed.

Like, basic self-help knowledge.
Then, a TON of BOOMER computer how-to's.
Like how to empty your email. HOW TO CREATE DESKTOP FOLDERS?!?!?!?!?

Who is this written for, Kondo?!

Also, PUBLISHER, who releases an "AT WORK" book now!?!?
I would have postponed the release of this.

Very disappointed.

➸ Gwen de Sade
Oct 25, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2020
*throws book out of the window*

Didn‘t spark joy.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
I started listening to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, then saw this book, and as I was at the same time wondering what to do about my email clutter, I made a pause to listen to this one.

And I'm more or less happy with the book's solution to the email problem, so fine, thanks :)

Otherwise, one must note that this book is by Marie and another guy; she mostly speaks about physical clutter, and I'd say that if you read her book on tidying up, y
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
This book did an amazing job motivating me and making me take action cleaning up my digital clutter! I cleaned up my entire email inbox, and my hard drive, my desk, and how I go forward maintaining less clutter. A tidy workspace is a tidy mind :)

Marie Kondo also has great advice on keeping the right mindset. She has really great tips.

Way too corporate for me though lol organizing teams, your social network, meetings. The title does say "Joy at Work" though so I can't complain haha

Marie gives gre
Scottsdale Public Library
Mess, disorganization, and a cluttered desk can ruin your joy for your job.
Some of my biggest take-aways were the strategies to cope with digital clutter and the ways your work environment can help reduce your overall stress levels. KonMari fans who work a desk job will be interested in the stories, studies, and strategies shared by Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein that make for a more productive work environment. - Michelle V.
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfic, arcs
As a very tidy person already, I adore Marie Kondo and frequent books about organizational psychologists like Scott Sonenshein. But this book isn’t really for me - it’s 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. Kondo’s “spark joy” message is soft pedaled, probably with the assumption that white collar workers could find it sappy. Still, the advice is practical.
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading Marie's books just soothes me, okay? ...more
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, non-fiction
fun to read & useful - inspires you to tidy not only your desk (i found the idea to keep no paper too radical at first, but helpful then!) - but also your decisions, your projects & your meetings.
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Pretty basic stuff. Only a few chapters are by Marie Kondo. The rest are quick hits on a lot of topics that don’t currently apply to me.
May 08, 2020 rated it liked it
It took me a couple of days to read this, since I kept getting up in the middle of it to organize something in my office. Which I suppose is a good testament to the strength of her method.

If you have never read Marie Kondo before, this is a great book to start with, especially if you are a blue collar worker. She focuses a lot on group teamwork and how to spark joy together at the office, in cleaning your office space, and delegating tasks; her co-writer also talks about this, and how to organiz
Sonali Dabade
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-reads
I really liked reading this book!

*** UPDATE ***

Full review is now up on my YouTube channel:
Jun 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
I absolutely adore Marie Kondo and this collaboration with Scott Sonenshein was just wonderful. Joy at Work is a very interesting read for those who are looking to be more productive in their work life and Marie Kondo's 'Konmari' method provides an easy, thoughtful way to do so. I really enjoyed the parts of this book about digital minimalism which were a collaborative effort between the two authors and felt inspired to minimise my own digital life through this.

Thank you to NetGalley for providi
Anne (ReadEatGameRepeat)
I thought this was an interesting and motivating book. Okay so confession time, this book arrived addressed to me along with other books I did order, but I did not order this book at all. I contacted the place I ordered the book from and they said I didn't have to return it so I decided to keep it and read it. This was actually a pretty quick read and I do think I got something from it even though right now I'm not actually working I'm looking forward to applying these lessons to my own space wh ...more
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Jul 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: july-2020
Kind of weird time for me to read this when I'm working from home because of COVID-19 but it helped remind me that i need to clean my desk thoroughly. the rest of the advice unfortunately does not apply to me. Perfect for a working parent, someone who is involved in a lot of things, or someone with a need to network with others. ...more
Ying Ying
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the book, especially the end of the book. The author’s love of organizing things is just contagious. I also feel the joy when everything is clean and neat; even the idea of things being clean and neat is sexy.
Quite a few tips to take away for life: including making your controllable space a place of joy, and being grateful for things that serve us day to day.
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
This one is not even irritating in a fun way, it’s literally almost all just like, respond to emails when you get them, like, wow, I never thought of that! Does not really get into what happens when you respond to the emails and people keep responding to you (possibly the worst part of ‘working’) but did tell me how to clean my desk (does anyone even work anywhere that isn’t open plan (read: an actual hellscape) any more (and lest you get smart, I do mean before now)??). Something something some ...more
Krystelle Zuanic
May 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I think that most of the ideas in this book have already been propounded in Marie Kondo's former books, and this is much of the same, but targeted toward the workplace. There are some nice tips and hints to incorporate here if you have an office job, which seems to be a decreasing luxury in the modern world, but there's not too much in here that was new material.

I find that the methods put forward in all her books are quite effective and helpful if they're something you have the time for. The i
biblio_mom (Aiza)
"Studies conclude that people can reasonably handle about 150 meaningful connections. Beyond that it's hard to genuinely known people in your network".
- Scott (Chapter 7 : Tidying Your Network)

Well I have to agreed to that. It blows my mind because its true. And I think, I only known less than half of people that I followed on Instagram. Maybe around 200? 😅 The capter talks about the amount of followers we have and the amount of time we spent on social medias daily. Something to really ponder u
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Marie Kondo and Scott Sonenshein smoothly collaborated on how to extend the concept of tidying in the work place. The targeted readers are those who have their own dedicated workstations. I expected to merely gain supplementary knowledge on the KonMari method through the same process of questioning whether an object being held sparks joy. Instead, I was blown away by the breadth and width of the book, as it included much-needed steps on digital decluttering (Finally!), handling meetings with pro ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, so I'm not going to climb under my desk every morning and wipe down the cables underneath (something Marie used to do to bring joy to her workplace), but the book has some good tips for simplifying your working life. ...more
Abby Johnson
KonMari fans will want to pick up this latest if they have a desk job and struggle with clutter at work.
Shruti Sharma
Dec 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I am surprised why I took so much time to finish it. It's a good book (nothing great, but good), one that you'll enjoy reading if your work life is a mess. Mine is not a mess, but chaotic by choice. And I know already what I need to do. So this book was a 'gentle reminder' to put all those ideas in my head to work. If your work life doesn't spark joy, pick this book. I enjoyed parts written by Marie more than Scott's. May be because Marie has given more personal examples.
BTW, if you don't have
Jan 23, 2021 rated it did not like it
1-1.5. Yikes. A large chunk of the book pushes that having a clean desk or clean inbox, a favorite pen, or a picture nearby can help you feel or create joy at work. The author does eventually concede and sneak in a few lines that actually your work will bring joy if it’s fulfilling or the tasks lead to greater fulfillment. There were a few snippets in the teams and meetings chapters that brought some value as those takeaways were actually based on reality. Recommend reading just those chapters a ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
There was some weird corporate mumbo-jumbo, but overall I find Marie Kondo extremely soothing to read.
Stephanie Briones
Jul 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Some good ideas were taken from this, nothing life changing.
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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

Other books in the series

Magic Cleaning (3 books)
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
  • Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up

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