We all know kids are exceptional at living carefree, prioritizing self-expression, and always saying what's on their minds. But did you know someone as young as a kindergartner can show you a thing or two about business productivity?

According to Carson Tate, productivity master and author of Work Simply, the setup a kindergartner navigates within a classroom is optimal for office workers. Within this setup, kindergartners operate in "very distinct activity zones," where everything has its own place and no objects are in zones in which they do not belong. Although they may be unaware, kindergartners adhere to strict organizational guidelines. Tate notes, "In the dress-up area, there aren't any books, and in the book area, you've got beanbag chairs and books because that's what you're doing in that area."

In keeping activities and their corresponding materials and objects separate from one another, a young elementary school student is allowing his or her space to "fully support the type of work" that they do. As focus on a singular activity within a separate space increases, so does the ability to maximize productivity.

Taking a hard look at the environment in which you complete work tasks is just smart business. Because Tate understands this "space shaping" to be "the cornerstone of working simply," you may want to reconsider the organization of your workspace -- whether at home or at the office -- and mimic the kindergarten classroom model. After all, as Tate reveals, "If the space you work in isn't set up to optimize work flow, you're going to end up expending a lot more time and energy to get that work done." And no one, from age 5 to 100, likes to waste time and energy!

Published on: Nov 22, 2017
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