On your marks, get set…..
The attitude we have before we approach something has a lot to do with the outcome that we will receive. Do you attack the small tasks the same way you do a large project? Which one excites you more? Which one causes the most anxiety? Do you think if you saw things in a different light it would make a difference?
It would be nice to just sweep all the paperwork in a basket or box each day. Just like you put away the leftovers and remove the dirty dishes after a dinner party. It would be nice to have a clean start each day while you sit in front of your computer to check your inbox.
Light the candles…tablecloth set…flowers in vase!
I guess there is a simple solution. Just don’t leave it such a mess by the end of the day. Duh!
At some time in between the start and finish line you need to put in a stop sign so you can take five minutes to file away or toss out some items you don’t need to look at anymore, on your desk. This is just as important as anything else you do. Why? You ask.
I guess I would love to be the master of something that seems to be always out of control. These messes just keep showing up on my desk and they do have an effect on me. I think everything surrounding us has some effect. Is it effect or affect? Clutter, that is what all this paper reminds me of. There is no better place to put clutter, than a place that will hide it. I think that is why they made the basket.
How much attention should we give something?
How many times have you looked at that piece of paper on your desk…yes, the one you just moved three minutes ago, and promised you would respond to it, call the person, place the order, decide on a selection…..tomorrow? How many tomorrows must go by before you do it? Think of the time you have wasted on that “one” piece. Now look, you have 30 more to go through…again!
I realize when I am working, my desk, will be a mess, for the duration. It is the same situation, when I am reorganizing the plants in my front flower garden. I may have tarp and shovels and garden soil out. I may have new plants I bought, sitting still in their original pots. It is a mess, but it does not stay that way. Usually by the end of the day, it is finished, and neat and tidy. At the end of my work day, my desk could be that way too.
Stop Chasing Squirrels
That is what is nice about routines. You are no longer arguing with yourself in your head about any one thing. At least those who are analytical like me, know what I am talking about. We have to train our thoughts more like you have to train a puppy. They are everywhere and at the slightest appearance or sound of a squirrel you are off!
I confess, I am more a part of the problem than the paperwork itself. I have told my husband every two weeks what to do with the papers after he has opened the mail, and figured out which bills we will be paying. He will ask and I tell him to his shock, ” Just throw it on my desk.” I am never specific. “Just anywhere. I will find it.”
Which Side are you On?
I am an arby – Right brained person. My husband lives his life more organized. He writes lists and watches the clock, the calendar, the temperature. He is an elby-Left brained person. He likes his meals on time and hot. I can come to dinner late and eat my food cold.
My right side of my brain, being more dominant, his left is more dominant for him. It explains why I am so messy, I can give myself more grace, now that I understand this about my own self.
Give Yourself Permission to be Neat
Still, I need to find ways to keep an organized life. I want things neater in my workspaces here at home. My sewing workroom can become the same chaotic space, finding it almost depressing to be in. When I reach that point of utter gloom I take a day to reorganize. My point it to not let it get that far in the first place.
And so when I come to my desk I toss the opened mail to my newly formed pile of papers just to the left of my keyboard. It all sits in a pretty little box made just for this sort of thing but you would not know it. I obtained another nice wicker box about the size of a waste bin that I have on the floor next to my desk which holds papers not so urgent, yet some can’t be filed quite yet.
I have not solved the problem by putting my papers under camouflage. I know they are there and that is what is the worst thing about it. My head is not clear. It is taking up space in my brain to have this work undone. A few pieces of paper is one thing but when it surmounts you are starting to have a problem, maybe an approaching avalanche.
I must give myself permission to ignore the important things pressing on my conscience and stop to take care of things that are aggravating me. Just as you can’t ignore a baby crying, my paperwork is getting now the best of me and must be tended to. We all have our breaking point. It is best to not get near it, but keep things under control at a manageable level. I have to decide where that point is.
Don’t Believe the FAKE photo shoots
I have bought enough organizer bins, baskets, file racks and folders that appear lovely when partially filled. They work for a photo shoot if I need to post a “fake” impression of my office but most of the time they are hidden. If we are all honest, you can relate.
“Be careful little eyes what you see” as the childhood Bible school song goes. Not everything is realistically portrayed on the ads, websites, Instagram or Pinterest. Most people are like other people. We all have our messes that continue to show up unless we are fortunate enough to have a paid assistant, who is not a robot. The mess we live in is our own fault.
I was once told, and also read that you have areas in your office that is prime real-estate. Things closest to you are those things you use the most. Otherwise, it should not be there. If you think of your desk as your property, no one keeps the trash by the front door. You want your home to have curb appeal. You want to make a good first impression when people drive by.
Have You Seen what you Want?
My husband has been very patient with me. He never scolds me or hounds me at taking care of my messy area which is used also by our family. It is typically messy if someone casually stops by. I wonder if I could change that? Of course I can. Sometimes, you have to imagine a thing before you can believe that it is achievable. I didn’t say that, Napoleon Hill did.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”― Napoleon Hill
“You are the master of your destiny. You can influence, direct and control your own environment. You can make your life what you want it to be.”
― Napoleon Hill Think and Grow Rich