This week, I’ve been focusing on reorganization. Of my life. Of my work.
At Cindy’s suggestion, I’m throwing away, recycling, or donating five items every day. Not necessarily big items. They can be small. And they can definitely be unimportant, because as I’m writing this I can’t for the life of of me remember what most of them were. Some old t shirts I’ll never wear again. Empty medicine bottles. Ancient charger cables that live in a tangled mess in a kitchen drawer like some sort of rat-king. If I ever get around to cleaning the dead soldiers from the pen cups on my desk, I’ll have items to throw away for weeks.
If I bring something new into the house, I have to get rid of extra items to maintain the balance. So… if I pick up an item at the yard sale I passed on my morning walk, I must dispose of six items (instead of five) when I get home.
I don’t think it’ll be a problem for a long, long time.
I also sat down and took a long look at all the work that is currently on my plate, the work that will be rising to the surface in the days to come, and the work I SHOULD be thinking about. I broke out some magnetic Post-It style notes and some dry erase markers, some index cards, and both my hardcopy and online calendar and started figuring things out.
The magnetic Post-Its are nice, because I can place them on my white board, then move them around… and around… and around… until I figure out the proper order to tackle the work. I wish I could show you a picture of the board, but there are a bunch of unannounced projects on it I can’t tell you about just yet.
I also ordered a hexagonal time management clock. I saw one of these on Kelly Sue DeConnick and Matt Fraction’s newsletter. It looks like this: