Today I saw something I hadn’t seen in a long time. The top of my desk.
My desk — and perhaps yours, too — has a tendency to be covered in paper. About once a week, I focus my energy on processing the unprocessed mail and filing the unfiled papers. Yet there was always a core pile that defied resolution and that would have to wait “until later”.
Today, I resolved the unresolvable pile.
Like most clutter, it was all about decision-making: picking up each piece of paper and deciding whether to act on it, file it, or toss it.
When I brought in today’s mail, I opened a letter that needed to be filed. Rather than throwing it on my desk and dealing with it later, I filed it right away. (There’s the Broken Windows Theory in action). I’m hoping that I can keep up this new habit so that my desk stays clear.
Many years ago, I remember writing to a friend that if I ever finished watching all the videotapes I had recorded, caught up on my backlog of magazines, and cleaned off my desk, I could finally die.
By sheer coincidence, I am caught up on both my magazines and my video recordings.
But I’ve still got a lot of unread books on the shelf, so I’m going to have to live a bit longer.