Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


7 Tips for Clearing Clutter in the Office.

September 13th, 2016

Episode 348 of 540 episodes

One of my Secrets of Adulthood is: Outer order contributes to inner calm. And that’s just as true at the office as it is at home. True, in the context of a happy life, a messy desk or a box of files on the floor is a trivial problem—yet I’ve found, and other people tell me they feel the same way, that getting control of thestuffof life makes me feel more in control of my life generally. And if this is an illusion, it’s a helpful illusion. When I’m surrounded by a mess, I felt restless and unsettled; when I clean up a mess, I’m always surprised by the disproportionate energy and cheer I gain—plus, I’m able to find my stapler. Here are some ways to fight clutter at the office: 1. Never label anything “Miscellaneous.” 2. Abandon a project. One source of office clutter is stuff related to unfinished projects. You’ve always meant to learn that software program. You were going to switch to using a different kind of planner. You were going to review that proposal. But that stuff has been sitting in your office for months, maybe years, and it hasn’t been used. Be honest with yourself. If you’re not ... The post 7 Tips for Clearing Clutter in the Office. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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