November 15, 2010
Normally I'm not one to spend Saturdays in my office. However, this past weekend was an exception. When my youngest daughter, who is regrettably about as much of a neatfreak as I am (i.e. NOT AT ALL), looks at my desk and declares it's in major need of dusting, I listen.
As I stood surveying the seemingly monumental task I was about to undertake, I couldn't help but wonder how I'd let things get so out of hand. Rabbits may multiply quickly, but I'm sure they've got nothing on dust bunnies. Since I would be forced to temporarily relocate everything for the dusting process, I figured I'd better just dive right in and go for the full overhaul.
A couple things that have always irritated me about my office: 1) My desk was in the righthand corner of the room, so my back was always to the door. Visitors would walk in, even start talking to me, without seeing I was on the phone. 2) Light from my window would glare off my computer screens, forcing me to keep the blinds shut and hence cutting me off from the rest of the civilized world. (OK, maybe I'm over-dramatizing that last point, but it sure feels isolating when you never see the light of day.)
For about four hours, my gracious wife and I dusted, polished, vacuumed, rearranged, and tidied up the office. At the end of my first working day in the "new digs", I can honestly say I felt a renewed sense of urgency in getting as much as possible done today. My desk is certainly more organized, the placement of my computers, phone and printer is more efficient, and so much of the 'garbage' from deals that never funded or needless correspondence from yesteryear is now in its rightful place...the actual garbage can! Best of all, I can look up and straight out my window at the beautiful mountains that surround our town.
Give it a try - see if a change of scenery doesn't get you back on track to taking control of your day and spurring your motivation.
Make it a great week.
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