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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,
- 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?