Clutter bothers me. Despite this I seem to do a fine job cluttering up my workspaces, desk drawers, and my life.
I cleaned up my study today. I had a little help from my girls for the “redecorating” phase. It took me several days to get around to cleaning up and renewing my primary workspace. I just had a lot on my mind as of late.
What was really bothering me is that everything was in the way. I guess that those things all about the place seemed important to keep although they weren’t really at all even necessary.
What I really like about clearing up my space is that it gives me the opportunity to think about how I want it all to be. I have amassed many photographs, souvenirs, memorabilia, symbolic gifts, books, and other trinkets along the way. These things are reminders of experiences that I’ve been blessed to have along the way. However, not all of them can represent who I am as a person. I took the time today to redecorate in a way that reminds me of who I truly am, who I’m striving to be, and what makes me happy.
In a way, I’ve let my professional life get very cluttered just by simply chasing the wrong goals. When you think of the goals, achievements, and features of your career as little artful trinkets that you might display around your study, do you like what you see? Would you be proud of the objects around the room? Would each object’s story be interesting to others or meaningful to you?
As one of my mentors reminded me in the signature of every one of her e-mail messages, “follow your dreams, memories are sweeter than regrets.” Dolly was right every time with that line. It's time to focus again on what matters.