Look around your blogging space. What do you see? Do you have a place for everything and everything in its place?
A messy, disorganized workspace robs you of creative energy and is distracting. An organized work environment will open you mind and calm your spirit and allow you be more productive.
In some bloggers’ offices, everything may look fine on the outside, but you have to take a couple of steps backward when you open that closet to keep from being buried.
Others have a desk full of empty soda cans, stacks of paper, and perhaps an oil can used to quiet a squeaky chair three months ago that never made its way back home.
Whatever your “messy” problem is, follow these steps to clean up your act and get those blogging juices flowing.
1. Go beyond the surface and clean from the inside out.
Your closets may not literally be full of skeletons, but what secrets are they hiding? Clear
out storage closets, file cabinets, and drawers that filled with receipts, office supplies, and printed drafts that were never completed, Put this overflow into three boxes labeled, THROW AWAY, GIVE AWAY, and SAVE.
2. Clear off the top of your desk.
Now that you cleared out the hidden, work on what’s in plain sight. continue filling up your boxes with items on your desktop or possibly stacked up in piles on the floor. If a box gets full, close it up and start another. Keep going until everything is looking spic and span.
Your desktop doesn’t have to be completely spotless. It’s OK to place a family photo, a container of pens, or a stack of note pads on your desk, but probably less is better.
Keep things ship shape by starting or ending each day by clearing clutter off your desk and putting it away. Look around. Aren’t you feeling more inspired already?
3. Wipe away those virtual cobwebs.
Now its time to deal with accumulated bits and bytes. Go through your computer files and put them in folders. The ones that you want to deal with soon can be put into a “to do” folder on your desktop. Those that don’t require immediate attention, but you want to keep for the future, can be archived in folders on your hard drive. Label your folders with descriptive names that will enable you to find files quickly when needed.
It may take some time to organize your files into a system, but the time is not wasted. You’ll save yourself a ton of frustration and a lot of time searching for lost files.
4. Deal with those boxes.
Now that everything is back to order, it is time to take care of those boxes. The THROW AWAY box can be taken to the dumpster or the curb. The SAVE box probably has a lot that just didn’t belong in your workspace, but are still needed, like dishes, books, coats, etc.Put those things back in their proper space. Things that you want to keep close at hand will need to find a home and be put away.
Finally, take your GIVE AWAY box to the local charity thrift store or to a friend’s house.
Congratulate yourself. You’ll have created order from chaos and made a place where you can be your best.Now you’re ready to go back, sit at your desk, crank out some epic blog posts. If you’re like me, you will have new sense of creativity and productivity in fresh, organized working area.
Have you found that having a clean work environment helps you be a more productive blogger, or do you think that messes enhance your creativity?