New Year’s Resolution: Accept my cluttered desk!

Here is the question:  Do we really have to clean up our workspace?  Somehow we are weighted down with the responsibility to work in a neat spot: papers in order, pens in a row, clever files.  Make room for the chi to flow, or is it chai. move those chai filled cups off the ledge. Check out these desks.  http://on-my-desk.blogspot.com/

Could it be possible that TO DO THE WORK is more important than the “proper space”?  Is cleaning up a way to escape the work?

Yes, we might think more clearly when our space is clear, but we so often shame ourselves with the need for a neat workspace. 

WHAT WE ARE ABOUT IS THE WORK.  Heard the saying “Neat desk, cluttered mind.  Cluttered desk, clear mind.”  Any comments on that?

Anne

Here is a link to stimulating desk sites:  http://on-my-desk.blogspot.com/

Comments

  • I read your blog and got some good ideas for organizing my writing work. One thing I started doing a few years ago was to make a folder called WRITING 200_ for each year. I might have folders inside for certain projects, but this one step made it easier to find things.

     

    DanaDecember 31, 2007
  • “For good technique, I’ve been reading mystery novelist Magdalyn Nabb. She died this past year (I found out about her in the NY Times obits) and was praised by the critics for her craft. Her publisher is re-issuing her books. Reading her carefully plus the other good ones out there is very helpful.

    Francine Prose was here last May for Ann Arbor’s first writers’ conference. Her book ,Reading Like a Writer, has been very well received and has sold very well. I recommend it. Each chapter focuses on one thing. The first chapter looks at the importance of word choice, the second the sentence etc. She also gives a list of writers’ she thinks are the best to study. Of course, I got her autograph and brought several novels.”

    PatJanuary 1, 2008
  • I read your blog and got some good ideas for organizing my writing work. One thing I started doing a few years ago was to make a folder called WRITING 200_ for each year. I might have folders inside for certain projects, but this one step made it easier to find things. Plus it was interesting to see how much I was writing in different years.

    DanaJanuary 1, 2008
  • I’m with you, Anne. I write on my dining room table. Everything is stacked. I try to keep it neat, but my cats romp on, around, and in my stuff.I usually just clear the writing area when I’m ready to work. My mother would be appalled if she knew. The same goes for housework. A neat house takes too much time unless we’re having guests.

    PatJanuary 2, 2008
  • Francine Prose was in Denver this past year but I missed her talk. She was also featured in Poets and Writers. I’ll take a look at Reading Like a Writer. Thanks for your thoughts. My goal this year is to also Write Like a Writer.  Tips at  http://www.SoupKitchenWriting.com

    AnneJanuary 2, 2008

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