I’m happy to report that my magazine stack is already half gone!
That’s mainly because I’ve been stricken with some sort of winter malady, and have been confined to my easy chair under a pile of blankets with some hot tea, so how better to entertain myself than look through quilting magazines?
I’ll keep at it, but it’s already time for Task Two of the Final Countdown!
Today’s task is one I evidently dislike a lot, because I can never do it and keep it done, but I think it’s one of the most important to creative productivity.
For me, this is my cutting table island in the middle of my sewing room.
Here’s its current state:
Seriously, I don’t know how I can actually do any real productive work in this mess! I’m certain it’s slowing me down and keeping me in a state of angst. I try this one every year, and I canNOT keep it cleared off. I don’t even know what incentive I can give myself to make it happen.
Apparently, rewards for keeping it clean mean nothing to me! Haha!
My goal is to have a maximum of 2 projects out on top of this surface at any given moment. I have places to put the others away, but my mind seems to tell me “out of sight, out of mind”, so I leave them out so I’ll remember to work on them — that makes no sense at all, right?
I’ve heard over and over that a messy work surface is a sign of creativity, but even if it is, there comes a point of ridiculosity (there’s that word again), and it simply becomes overwhelming and super counterproductive. It’s time to clean it off again, and see if I can finally learn to keep it that way.
How about you?
Do you let your work surface get out of control, too?
Does it take you a long time to get it reclaimed?
Or are you fast to notice it’s become ridiculous, and you rein it back in quickly?
Or are you like my friend, Barb, and you are able to clean it off every night before you go to bed?
I just need to find a happy medium between letting it get crazy and keeping it super neat all the time. I need to be able to find things, work productively, not have anxiety over the mess, and yet let it get messy enough that I can actually accomplish something, too. There has to be a middle ground, right? Please say yes!
How do you feel about your work surface’s current state of affairs?
Do you need to tackle this task? Or do you already have it done?