April 17, 2019 | 5 min read
4 Ways To Apply The Marie Kondo Method To Your Career


Now that the weather is finally warming up, you might be excited about what’s in store for this spring. Typically, these months also mean that it’s time to reevaluate the clutter in your household. If you’re feeling inspired by Marie Kondo’s popular Netflix series, you might even get started by assessing which of your possessions do and do not “spark joy” in your life.

Just like you would clean out your closets, the Marie Kondo method can be applied to your career to give you a clearer outlook on your goals as related to the workplace. Following the Marie Kondo method as an inspiration, here are a few ways you can use the spring to apply recommendations on how you can best prepare your career while the seasons are in transition:

Review your resume

When you aren’t actively looking for a job, it can be easy to neglect your resume as your role evolves and your responsibilities change. With spring here, now is the perfect time to review your resume and declutter the content. Some simple ways you can clean up your resume include rephrasing lengthy sections and keeping descriptions only of jobs that are relevant to your position today. Like the Marie Kondo method rids of items that don’t “spark joy,” reviewing your resume with a fresh perspective can facilitate continued productivity in your career.

Read also: Spring Cleaning? 6 Ways To Declutter Your Resume

Rekindle with your network

Have you let networking sit lower on your priority list throughout the winter months? Now is the time to get back in the swing of networking and rekindle relationships with those contacts who have slipped away. Keeping your contacts current and touching base can be beneficial to learning about new industry trends and opportunities. Who knows, it might even spark joy in your life!

Read also: 5 Ways To Stay In Touch With Your Network

Refresh your skillset

The skills you’ve developed over the course of your career are likely in need of some refreshing. While the seasons are changing, take note of the skills you use at your current job and think about what you can do to stay ahead of the curve. This can be the perfect time to take advantage of professional development opportunities that you let slip by in the winter.

Read also: Computer Skills? Your Resume Needs More Than Microsoft Office

Tidy your workspace + eliminate distractions

What better way to apply the Marie Kondo method than by tidying up your physical and digital workspace! Keeping a clean workspace can help you stay focused and organized, despite typical office distractions like incoming emails and team chatter. To help you start off each day with a clean slate, get in the habit of cleaning up your desk daily, turning off notifications when you’re working on a big project, and creating to-do lists.

Read also: 6 Ways To Eliminate Distractions At Work

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