Get it done

I was listening to a recent episode of Get-It-Done Guy and he talked about how to keep your desk tidy. This is a real bone of contention at home, as my desk is always in complete chaos. It’s weird, really, because at work I have the tidiest desk of everyone. If only I could bring that mentality home with me as well.

The Get-It-Done Guy, Stever Robbins, talks of folders and cardboard boxes, general organisation tips that might help. However, my favourite paragraph from the transcript is the motivational bit:

You have the skill within you.

I’ve noticed that my desktops all gravitate to a certain level of chaos. They start off clean, get cluttered very quickly, but then maintain about the same level of chaos going forward. This is good news. It tells me that once there’s clutter around, I must actually be not letting more accumulate. So I must have the skill to deal with stuff buried somewhere deep inside my psyche. Otherwise, the mess would have punched through the ceiling by now, and it hasn’t. In fact, if I stand on my tip-toes, it’s barely over my head.

So true. There’s only so much stuff on my desk, I must be able to make it less.

I recommend the show, as well, to anyone who likes info about being organised and sorting your life out, even if you don’t follow any of the advice.

2 thoughts on “Get it done

  1. Oh no, I know how his will end. I will spend hours listening to/reading advice on how to tidy up my things instead of just doing it.

  2. Hi, Kathi,

    Oy! A productivity tool that takes becomes an excuse to be less productive? Who ever heard of such a thing? (Says the man who’s a month late on his book deadline and should be writing, not reading blogs.)

    In my forthcoming book, there’s a tip on not letting your desire for organization become, itself, an impediment to getting things done. I don’t recall whether I’ve done a podcast version of that tip, yet. If you end up listening, drop me a line (email getitdone@quickanddirtytips.com or call 866-WRK-LESS) with that concern and I’ll even include your message in the resulting podcast 🙂

    Cheers,

    Stever Robbins
    host of The Get-it-Done Guy

    P.S. If you call me out on how the Get-it-Done Guy could possibly be behind schedule, I’ll point out that I also have a tip in my book called, “Follow your own advice.” I just haven’t written that tip, yet.

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