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September 11, 2012

Messy Office, Messy Mind

My office on one of my 'messy mind' days

My office on one of my ‘messy mind’ days

About six years ago I interviewed the owner of a printing company. His desk was immaculate. For some reason, I asked him about it.

“Show me a messy desk, and I’ll show you a messy mind,” he said.

I hate to admit it, but I think he’s right.

I had a double deadline last week, which meant bouncing back and forth from telephone to e-mail to working drafts and note transcriptions. Unread mail, notebook paper and printed notes became stacks on my office floor. My baby’s office toys were scattered from the toy box in the corner to the door on the other side of the room. I missed garbage day, which meant the garbage can was overflowing by the end of the week.

And by the end of the week, I could hardly think clearly at all. I ended up finishing the second article at my mom’s house, where it was clean enough for me to focus.

I hope I’ve learned my lesson. If messes slow me down that much, then it’s actually a time saver to keep my office clean and tidy.

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