My desk that is. My new year’s resolution (besides the usual lose ten pounds, bike faster and longer, and write legibly in the check book) is to clean my desk, and here’s the tricky part – KEEP IT CLEAN. The biggest obstacle for me is that I secretly like my desk to be messy. Well, I guess it’s not much of a secret now. My theory is that I get more done when my desk is messy, in part because instead of spending time cleaning my desk, I’m taking care of things that are on my desk. I can find everything I need, because it’s all sitting out too. I’ve heard others who have messy desks say the same – they get more done working at a messy desk. But here’s the secret: the real reason that I get more done with a messy desk, is that the desk serves as a vehicle of natural selection. Survival of the fittest. Say you put something on your desk that you want to take care of: an article you want to read, a sale catalog from which you need to order, the number of someone you need to call, a manual from a new phone. As more things get piled on the desk, these items get covered until…when you finally clean the desk, the article to read is no longer pertinent; the sale is over; the person you needed to call has
moved or died, and the phone is broken or replaced. Voila! You saved yourself all that work and the problem took care of itself, all because of your efficient messy desk. Now why would I want to give all that up?
What’s your new year’s resolution? Is there a reason that you don’t REALLY want to do it like me?
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