The hectic pace of summer is over, weâ€™re gearing up for the move to the new library, and Iâ€™ve gone into organization mode.
Some people tease me a lot about my organization and list-making, but Iâ€™d like to make it clear that Iâ€™m not obsessed, really, Iâ€™m just more efficient when Iâ€™m organized and have a good list in hand.Â Everyone works differently, and the key is to find your own personal style.Â Back in college, I learned that if I spent fifteen minutes each day making my bed and tidying my room, then I got much more studying done.Â Maybe itâ€™s because Iâ€™m not distracted by mundane things.
So this week at the library I cleaned out the desk in the childrenâ€™s room.Â Arts and crafts things got put in the arts and crafts closet downstairs, ancient summer reading prizes got put into the boxes in the attic, and a few things got thrown out (nothing of value, I promise you!).Â Now the desk has some empty space in the second drawer, which is just one more step on the road to the new library.Â Less to do when it comes time to pack up and move.
And then thereâ€™s the issue of my lists.Â I read an article in this monthâ€™s Real Simple magazine which states the case for getting rid of lists and living your life.Â But it must have written by someone with a different list-writing style than I have, since lists for me are an enabler to life.Â Each day at work I look at my list, rewriting it if necessary, and it helps me to stay focused, prioritize, and to silence the part of my brain that keeps whispering â€œdonâ€™t forget to do x, y, and z!â€Â If I write x, y, and z down, then I can focus on what Iâ€™m doing at the moment and not worry about forgetting something important.Â Lists help keep me from becoming scattered, especially in a job where there are frequent distractions.
Lists and organization arenâ€™t for everyone, but thatâ€™s not what matters, is it?Â What matters is that we each find the way we work best.Â And Iâ€™m really happy with my newly cleaned desk.