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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Unsticking Myself In Time

This was my desk this morning. This has been my desk, in general, my whole life. My floor of my room in my parents' house was a maze of stacks, the beautiful Chinese silk rug completely covered except for a narrow path to my stereo. Mentally, I'm a hoarder. It's fear-based. I have in another room ALL of my school work from pre-school through college organized in folders by grade and class in banker boxes.

I fear losing my past.

It's difficult to say, to write. My fingers tremble a bit at the realization.

It's never been so much that I'm worried about getting done what I need to get done. That takes care of itself, honestly. I get to it. It's that I hold on to the physicality of the chronology of my Life. I attach so much meaning to objects as placeholders in time.

It's time to change that. I'm currently working on some life lessons provided to me by my dad. The task I picked to focus on today relates to the well known lesson that if your desk is cluttered, so are you. So to set a new behavior, I needed to clean my desk. But not just clean it, meaning opening the drawers and sliding all the stacks into them. I needed to organize it, setting up new habits that don't rely on chronological order.

I needed to organize myself. So I did.



All has been filed appropriately and notes of info and to-do's have been consolidated in the notebook on the scanner to the left. And I even took previously hid stacks out of drawers and organized them too.

It's really just a matter of committing to the change, writing it down, telling somebody else about it. It works!

Peace.

3 comments:

Favian? said...

Very touching and inspiring I guess we all have are quirks but the fact that you did something. Never been so motivated to clean!

d.edlen said...

:) Thanks. That's the point, doing something. Committing. Motivation is a great starting point. Now do it!

Peace.

Michael said...

It has been said that a picture is worth a 1000 words -- and these two shots show that! Not so easy to let go of the habit of relying on things/forms/objects that we have long believed possessed/held the meaning we had attached or attributed to them...

Organizing of one's thoughts and patterns can then reflect in all areas of "things", "doings", etc. Ever read David Allen's "Getting Things Done?" He's developed a systematic approach to that which has been successfully used by many thousands.

Perhaps your actions here will begin to ripple out and inspire others to sit right down and begin the process :-) It is refreshing and invigorating. It may also be found to enhance focus, energy, and efficiency.