Cluttered Desk, Cluttered Mind?
Posted June 23, 2005on:
I occupy about 12 sqm of space in my 2f office. It’s sparsely furnished. Tall gray fabric partitions separate me from my General Accounting group and from Sales. Save for the executive table, movable pedestal, a small side table, a black high-back leather chair and 2 guest chairs, it’s devoid of anything else. No bulky lateral cabinets, no stacks of folders, no rows of document boxes, nada.
As soon as papers for signature get to my office, they’re out again fast. So seldom would you see my desk with piles of paperwork. No frustrating messy buildup. Most of the time, the only things you’d see on my desk are the laptop, a telephone, a calculator, a pen and occasionally, the newspaper (which I read 1st thing in the morning or during lunch break).
I’m finding it a welcome change from my previous job where I seldom see my desk clear of papers and vouchers and files. I think I kind of like it now. Though the pieces of furniture are not spanking new, the whole cube looks clean and clutter-free. Very zen, if there’s ever such a thing for office cubicles.
Then, one day, a colleague from Sales craning her neck from the partition, asked me, “Don’t you get bored there? You want me to put a framed picture of flowers on your back wall?”. “Aw, that’s sweet, but no, thank you.” I quipped.
Framed picture of flowers on the back wall of my cube? Haha, she must be kidding me, right?