A couple years ago I realized that there’s a whole different calendar system alive on the world wide web. Have you noticed it? National Strawberry Ice Cream Day, National Dress Up Your Pet Day, National Rubber Ducky Day…you get the idea.
While some of these days seem a bit, um, ridiculous, TODAY happens to be National Clean Off Your Desk Day! And THAT, my friends, is NOT ridiculous!
Most of you know that I don’t blog full-time – I also work a full-time job outside the home in insurance marketing, and I run my own photography business. So that means that I have several “desks”. (Well, two of them are actually tables, but you get the idea!)
When it comes to my full-time job, throughout the work day my desk stays pretty messy. I’ve got a lot going on! But the last thing I do when I leave is make sure that it’s totally cleaned off and everything is put away where it goes, so when I come into work the next day, I can start with a clean desk!
My home office is used for everything else, but sometimes the work “overflows”, if you know what I mean. For instance, over the holidays, all of the workspace in the home office was taken up with blogging and Christmas parties and promotions online. I had to move all of my photography work into our dining room, and all of the Christmas work went into the room we call our “project” room. (Basically it’s a spare room we have that will be used as a nursery sometime down the line, but right now it’s closets hold all of our holiday decorations, and it also holds things like extra dining table chairs, and a work-table, too.)
There was so much going on that things got a little crazy, and to be honest, I’m still putting everything back together!
So that’s why this day is perfect, as far as I’m concerned! We’re at the start of a new year – isn’t it a great time to evaluate your working space and clean it up if need be? Imagine the benefit on your focus and productivity the rest of the year!
So, if you’re looking at a messy desk right now and you’re feeling overwhelmed, no worries at all. I have one simple piece of advice for you: MAKE STACKS.
That’s all! Make stacks! Three stacks, to be exact. You can make three stacks!
Garbage (And don’t say that everything you have is important and can’t be thrown away…that’s a whole different post! I guarantee you that you will find at least three things to put in your Garbage stack!)
Action (Whether it’s a bill to be paid, a paper to grade, software to return or a picture to hang on the fridge, it requires action. Don’t DO it…just put it in the stack.)
File (In order to keep yourself from having to continually work in the mess, some things just need to be put away. Again, don’t DO it right this minute…just put it in the stack.)
Hey, guess what? You’ve just made sense of the mess! Shred your Garbage stack, and come back tomorrow! When you return, file a few papers and take action on a few items.
If something new arises, add it to one of your stacks! Before you know it, your desk will be wide open and even more conducive to your creative genius!
What about you? Does YOUR desk need cleaning? What do you think of the STACKS idea? What’s YOUR best tip?
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