What I Learned from Cleaning my Desk

It has been 5 days since I began 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life (see original post here).  In my mega-project of organizing my office, I spent several days cleaning my desk.  It should not have been THAT massive of a project, but it took me that long to do!  In the process, I learned a few lessons; I hope by writing them down that will mean one less time I have to re-learn them in the future:

  1. Clutter takes up visual space.  I already knew that clutter takes up space.  But having a clear desk surface with “just a few things” on it really doesn’t look any less messy than a desk with piles all over it.
  2. I think in terms of how much space I have available.  If an area is clean to begin with, the task is less daunting.  That is probably why I find cooking so much easier than cleaning up, even though it is more mentally taxing.  My desk is small, and can only hold about 3 pieces of paper before being completely full.  So if there is any one thing on my desk, my brain goes into overdrive when I think about sitting down to do something.  
  3. I need to do it now.  If I put something down thinking it will just take 5 seconds to take care of later, it will end up taking longer and more effort.  If I instead expend the mental effort of “where should this go” immediately, and make the effort to put it there, that frees up those 5 seconds “later” (which turns into 5 minutes) to do what I need to be doing then.  Because if I feel like I don’t have time or desire to do it now, I won’t have that time or desire later, either.
  4. I need to keep organized files.  Most of the clutter here is paper clutter which needs to be filed, shredded, or added to a calendar.  It will be much easier to file things if I know where they go! In the same vein,
  5. I need to have a designated shredding time.  Preferably when the boys are not asleep, and DH is home to keep them from “helping” me.

What is your Mega Project from 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life?  What have you learned from it so far?


About Sarah Unsicker

Candidate for Missouri House of Representatives, 91st District. Mother, wife, friend, education advocate, lawyer.
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