The second Monday in January, is special. The day-declaring people declared it National Clean Off Your Desk Day.
Odd. Studies, they say, show people with messy desks are as productive as those with tidy ones. Perhaps even moreso, if they produce thinking.
People use their desks to park information they may need, but which they can't keep top of mind. Getting people to clean up their desk gives them, according to one expert, an "environmental lobotomy".
Yet companies still enforce clean-desk rules. And a veritable industry has grown up around getting people neat and organised.
Because it's about more than a messy desk, IMHO.
People make moral judgements about slobs. Slobs obviously have more important things to do than clean their desks. They might use the time to think beautiful, original thoughts. Do you know how uncomfortable that makes the world's meddlers, busybodies, control-freaks and Calvinists?
Be alert to those who pass off their own hangups as "helpful". Or just plain better.
This issue is about people with nothing better to do who seek to foist whatever it is on you that they have nothing better to do than. (Hey, grammar police! Suck on THAT.)
HOW TO TAKE PART:
Refuse to accept someone else's emotional agenda. Draw a boundary. Don't let them bully you, with bogus arguments about what's best, what's right, what's more efficient, what's pretty, what's nice, what's necessary. Your emotional comfort is as important as theirs. Say so.
Afterwards, leave a comment. Let us hear your stinging riposte. Tell us who you told off. How did they take it? Not that you, like, care.
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