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Clutter begets procrastination

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Yesterday was a wasted day. Meaning, I wasted it. Completely. I hate when I do that. I had plenty to do, but crossed nothing off my carefully crafted to-do list. As you may have noticed, I didn’t even blog.

We lost about 500 square feet and my beautiful office when we moved. So I have set up temporary headquarters in our guest room. We are thankful for the house we live in, but are also thankful it is only a rental while we get adjusted to our new city and find where we would like to settle permanently.

But in the meantime, I need to be productive. Yesterday was the opposite end of the spectrum for me. Today, when I walked into my office, it hit me like a brick on the head why I was rotten yesterday.

This is my new work area. My old area was a perfect, built-in desk and credenza that offered a ton of storage and work surface.

I am just not feeling it with my make-shift desk that is a card table with a curtain panel covering it. Not to mention the papers and notes I am currently handling invading the tiny space. In my efforts to continue sorting, finding a home for and purging papers and documents, I created stacks of papers in the floor so I could get it organized and put away.

 

So this is what my calculated plan created. A big fat mess that has been in the floor for 3 days now. It is what I see when I walk into my office/guest room. It makes me tired.

 I have learned enough from years of seminars, conferences and schooling that a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind. I am sure I have shared that with you before. Most people have a junk drawer in their kitchen that they stash things they are not sure what to do with it. We have one too. But this is like a junk drawer on steroids.

It drains my energy when I walk into my office. I come to my computer to work on an article or my current book and I feel drained and uninspired. Then I find myself in that old trap of feeling overwhelmed and not knowing where to start again. So I don’t start. I procrastinate.

Clutter is one of those things with me. You know, everyone has their thing. Well, one of mine is I can’t stand clutter. Less is more. My children’s rooms are decorated with less, as well as the rest of our house. My office, of all places, needs to abide by the same rules.  When I am in my office, I look over my shoulder sometimes just to gaze at the one area in it that is not cluttered.

The one area in my office that is clutter-free. The little cove where we tucked in our guest bed. That area makes me happy.

 Tomorrow I am fully committed to finishing the organization process so the creative process can once again survive. After doing my Bible study today and trying to listen to God through His word, it occurred to me that my procrastination (of anything) can stand in the way of God’s plan for me. He has called me to do something, but I am allowing my procrastination to keep me from fully obeying His request.

Do you have a thing that drives you crazy that you have not dealt with? And better yet, are you procrastinating something you know God wants for you to do? I don’t want something as trivial as clutter in my office to keep me from fully walking in obedience. I want to completely participate in His plan for me.

And let me remind you, girlfriend, He does have a plan for you, too. A great one. I will be praying for you while I am completing the set-up of my new workspace. Umm, you may want to say a prayer for me too.

4 Comments to “Clutter begets procrastination”

  1. I agree that having a plan of attack helps get things done.
    I am curious as to how your temporary office space has improved since you have posted this last year?

  2. i dont know you but i felt a sense of peace when you said you would pray for me and asked for it in return, i feel alone alot in my madness of clutter and procrastination. I dont understand how you could hate something so much but continue to do it? i really want help and a way out because i feel so happy when iv finished a task and i feel alive and at peace when my space is cleaned. sincerly Measure

    • Thanks Measure! I agree, we are like the apostle Paul when he said \”I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.\” (Romans 7:15) However, we have to hang our hat on \”I can do everything through Christ who strengthens me.\” (Phil 4:13) Good luck ~ I\’ll keep you in my prayers!

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