My writing office is being overrun with papers big and small that I feel I need to have within reach, at least for the next few weeks. I’ve sorted piles on the carpet. It looks messy and is dangerous if I should move about without watching where I’m placing my feet. It also makes it impossible to vacuum the carpet. I’ve bought Pendaflex hanging folders, manila file folders, binders with inserts, and page protectors. I’ve got one of those plastic file cubes that dorm dwellers use. I’ve got a small and large calendar, a day planner and lots of “to do” lists.
I’m all set to get organized. All I need now is time to put my filing and scheduling systems in place. If I was organized, I wouldn’t need time to organize. And if I had time to organize, I’d probably already be organized.
But organization is the key—to efficiency, to speed, to finding things, to not forgetting things (boy, do I need that one!). I don’t need chaos in my writing life or writing space. I do need to accomplish as much as possible in the limited time I have.
I need that sense of control and order. If my space is in order, hopefully my mind should be orderly. And an ordered mind is a peaceful mind and should be more fertile ground for writing.
I need a day off. I have a plan for my office and those lovely supplies. I can’t wait.
How do you get organized?