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Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Lurking, invisible clutter
Lately, I've been noticing some interesting things about my own home office: the amount of clutter that's actually there, and how I've tried to make it "invisible".
When you spend hours in a space every day, it's easier to stop noticing the way it is, and how it makes you feel. But whether you're consciously aware of it or not, the clutter is still there "like a splinter in your mind" (sorry, Matrix fan here).
Time for some honesty: the photo above is what I see, right now, when I swivel my desk chair around. Ok, so maybe it's not that bad. At least it's (mostly) in bins, right? The problem is, it's been there for weeks (ok, ok, more like months), and though I've shuffled things around, I haven't solved the problem.
I also find it really interesting that this clutter is positioned behind me in the room - right where I can't see it while I'm working at my desk. This tells me that subconsciously, I'm trying to get away from it, but the reality is, I can't. It's still there, and it's not going to go away all by itself, it's multiplying, and it's dragging me down with it!
Remember that commercial where people were dragging bathroom scales around with them, illustrating the idea of being "chained to the number on the scale"? That's how I feel... my clutter is clanging around behind me all day, getting in my way and hitting me in the ankles occasionally. That image is closer to the truth than we may like to imagine, because things really do have energy, and they really do affect our motivation, focus, and peace of mind.
I'm a very task oriented person. I get satisfaction out of crossing something off my list. So when I feel overwhelmed with lots of big irons in the fire, what do I tend to do? I create more projects! Smaller projects that can be done in a couple hours, or mindless tasks that don't really get me any closer to accomplishing my goals, but do provide a "quick fix" feeling of productivity.
My goal today is to clear out that "invisible" clutter lurking behind me in my office. I know it will make a big difference in how I feel, and in how much energy I have for tackling the projects that are really important to me.
How does clutter multiply in your life? Have you suddenly noticed "lurking invisible clutter" in your space? Share you experiences!