If I’m being honest, these paper stacks are on the floor and the printer, too, and even the top of the file cabinet on a bad day.
Why on Earth do I have so much paper? Here’s one conclusion I came to this morning: My home office desk doubles as my personal desk. It’s where I hit deadlines, pay bills and even make out birthday cards. So it’s doing double duty and failing a little bit on both accounts.
The only desk I’ve managed to keep free of paper is the one I rent at Cincinnati CoWorks. I tend to head there with my laptop for some focused writing-only time and thankfully, I leave all those papers at home. In fact, I probably focus better there because I don’t have any clutter around me, reminding me about all the other to-dos on my list.
In general, I enjoy the flexibility to take care of a few personal tasks during the work day. I don’t have to head for a conversation closet—as one friend jokingly refers to the tiny conference rooms at her company—to make a doctor’s appointment. Or worry about logging in to pay my credit card bill.
But I’m beginning to re-think this whole shared desk thing. Maybe I need another spot around the house to divide and conquer all these paper stacks.
If you work at home, do you have separate desks for work and personal tasks? Or any killer secrets for slaying the paper monster?