We’ve all heard the axiom, “Cluttered desk, cluttered mind.” Arguably, it is true. Learning about yourself is never a bad thing and I constantly seek out ways to become more efficient. In order to do that, a certain level of honesty is needed. Look in the mirror, smile, and get the lettuce out of your teeth.
One such introspection is this: I work much better in a clean environment. Were I to go home tonight and bake a cake, I would start by cleaning the kitchen. I cannot function in chaos; both a drawback and a prized skill.
I like to have the kitchen countertops cleared and dishwasher loaded when I go to bed so that when the alarm clock insists on waking me at 5:00 a.m., I will be ready to put on the kettle, make my lunch, grind the coffee, eat breakfast, and get on with the rest of my tasks.
That philosophy applied to my desk works wonders for me. At the end of the day, I clear off my desk, reorganize my inbox, make notes for anything that needs to be done tomorrow, etc. When I arrive the next day, my office is ready to greet me for another day’s work and I don’t feel rushed or behind at the get-go.
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