During my visit to an out-of-town Target, I was directed to the pickup area. The space had been the former cafe, now converted into a bustling distribution center that saw more activity than the eating area ever did.

Target hasn’t made it a permanent change but instead has recognized that needs have evolved (if only temporarily) and made adjustments accordingly.

As you prepare to start the new year, make a critical assessment of how you are allocating your resources. Is there unused office space that could be rented out or shared with community groups? Do you still have a playroom at home even though the kids have outgrown it? Could you rethink your entranceway in light of likely ongoing distancing recommendations?

Many times our space fades into the background and we never see it with a critical eye. The new year is a good time to change that — and perhaps to alter how you use what you see.

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