I have never been known to be a neat person. My entire life has been surrounded by chaos where I have stuff stashed & piled absolutely everywhere. I know what to do, but I’m just lazy. There I said it! I’m lazy! I know what to do. I know how to do it. I just don’t feel like it.
I have had “clear desk” on my todo list for a month now. When it is the last thing on my page (I’ll write about my time management system another time), I work on it for 5 minutes and move on to something else.
The next few months have big changes in store. The first change is that our office is moving locations. We aren’t sure where, but we know we’re moving. The second change is that we’re hoping to personally move to the Phoenix, AZ area. What does this have to do with my desk? If we were just moving locations, I could just pile it in a box & move the mess with me. Since I may be leaving around the same time that we move, that means I have to actually go through everything. OMG!!!
Where does one even begin such a daunting task (believe me, if you saw my desk you’d say it was daunting!)? The same way that one would eat an elephant…one piece at a time.
If you read all the get organized blogs out there, they all have ideas on how to organize & clean. I think the most effective I’ve seen is to take absolutely everything off your desk & start fresh.
So I now have 3 sections on my desk…
This section is reports that need to be filed and files that my boss has taken portions of temporarily.
This one is items that need to be filed in filing cabinets in another part of our office.
And this one is items I need to go through. Unfortunately this doesn’t include items in the drawers and cabinets that I should also go through. One area at a time, right?
Once everything is sectioned, it doesn’t seem near as daunting (believe me, if you saw it before, you’d think otherwise!).
All I need to do now, is go through this 3rd section one item at a time and either file it, do the action required, or shred it. If I tackle this during “waiting time” every day (time waiting for my computer to boot up, large documents to print, on hold times, etc.), I will be all finished by moving time! Now if I could just get motivated to do the same at home…