I seem to have had so much going on that I haven’t had time (or more accurately made time) to clean my study aka ‘man cave’. Whilst I do believe that a tidy desk is a sign of a sick mind, it had become almost chaotic.
So yesterday I cleaned it and threw some stuff in the bin (note to anyone: charities, official bodies etc etc. If you send me things to read as you think ‘a minister needs to read this’, chose someone else. I never manage to read/action the things I am supposed to, so what you send me mostly ends up in recycling). As well as being powerfully cathartic, I managed to do some things that had been overhanging and overwhelming me; I am now only 5 years behind.
Years back when I was a manager of a Housing Office, I remember a very committed housing officer who bustled around and did lots of good work (he once was juggling so much, he called someone into an interview room, went to get something and forgot why he did and went out for lunch. We found the person 20 minutes later…). Once he asked for more files. I thought this was strange as he seemed to have more filing than most & he struggled to find things. I went through his files….and threw 50% of stuff away. He had been so focussed on the present moment, that he never stepped back to plan.
Whilst I might fondly remember how I ‘saved’ that member of staff (oh what it is to have a ‘Messiah complex’) I have realised that I have slipped into that same way of being. I must find time to ‘deep clean’ & tackle all the stuff in the Triassic layer in my filing cabinets. How about 27/8/2017….