Instead of being ashamed to share this pic of my, half tidied, desk with you I'm slowly learning to embrace it. The biscuit crumbs and banana skin have been removed for your benefit. I thought that was a step to far.
If you're an organised person you are probably horrified by this and can't imagine being able to function surrounded by piles of notebooks (yep, I have a bit of a notebook problem and this is only half of them) mugs, old postcards, bobble hat, present wrapping ribbon and God knows what else. Trust me, it was so much worse before I took this pic! My husband couldn't believe I was going to share this mess with the world, but it's my security blanket! I know where EVERYTHING is. Everything.
A couple of years ago, while I was out, John tidied my desk! Well, let me tell you when I got home and looked at this tidied and polished desk, I had a panic attack, and I was furious with a capitol F. As I screamed at him that it was my shit and never ever tidy my shit again, he realised it was the worst thing he could have done. He said he hated sharing the office with me having to look at my mess. Within an hour I had it looking busy and efficient, my efficient, again.
If someone asks for something I can put my hand on it within seconds, besides doesn't a 'busy' desk look interesting?
Eight famous reasons to help you accept your messy desk
Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos)
Of course, there are hundreds more that could be added to this list, I'm sure. Albert Einstein once said " If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk".
At the end of the day, it's all about what works for you and if you prefer to work among organised chaos, embrace it and be proud.
Here's a thing -How many emails do you have in your inbox? I wonder if there's a connection between a lovingly cluttered desk and a full inbox. I've lost count of the times we have desperately needed some info and John has deleted the email but of course I have it way, way down in the inbox.
Here's another thing - Could there be a connection between an unruly desk, a full email inbox and being late for every appointment? Starting to see a pattern?