I’ve kept my office clean for a month.
That may not seem like much of an accomplishment to you. For far too long, I lived by a desk cluttered with files. I always knew where things were so I didn’t think I needed to make a change.
But my wife finally, um, helped me see the errors of my ways.
Actually, I think she didn’t believe I’d be able to keep my desk clear of clutter. And I wasn’t sure if I could, either.
But I have. And I like it.
I learned some good lessons in clearing the clutter and maintaining a clutter-free desk.
- It’s easier to actually be organized than not.
- I have more room to spread out papers and files when I need to. (And then I can put them away when I don’t need them.)
- Old clips and notes are like boxes that remain unpacked 60 days after a move: You’ll never get to them. (This weekend, I also cleaned out a box at the basement at home from when we last moved — 12 years ago.)
- Social media tips from 2006 no longer are that relevant. Yes, we’re still in the midst of a social media revolution, but way back in 2006, the focus was on blogs and podcasts, not social networks like Facebook (mostly MySpace), YouTube and Twitter.
- Back in 2006, trying to figure out appropriate metrics for social media did not exist. The lack of accepted metrics continues to be a problem these years later.
- I actually get more things done.
- I have a nice cherry wood desk.