Here's what I see. A clean desk. And absolutely no work being done!
It astonishes me when self-righteous neat-freaks suggest that a desk with no sign of work upon it shows more evidence of industry than a desk which looks like it's actually used.
That's why the second Monday in January—National Clean Off Your Desk Day—gets my goat.
In 2009, Deutschland über Elvis declared an anti-holiday in response. The International Day to Bite Me occurs every January 13, and celebrates a number of things.
It celebrates creativity, thoughtfulness, and humanity. It celebrates a temperate and relaxed order to one's life, as opposed to an obsessive quest for absolute control over everything that happens around you. It empowers you to resist, when others tout their neuroses as virtues.
HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE
First, choose your target. When they nag you, let'er rip. Then go to the Official International Day to Bite Me Page, and leave a comment. Let us hear your stinging riposte. Tell us who you told off. How did they take it?
If you're feeling really riled up, you might like to post a story on your own blog. Or show your support on the IDTBM facebook event page.
And you can get into practice for the big event on January 7. It's I'm Mad as Hell and I'm Not Going to Take It Any More Day. The perfect warm-up, wouldn't you agree?