My wife and I spent two hours this past weekend cleaning out our shared home office so that I could improve my writing. Yes, that’s right.
I’d unofficially moved into my home office over five years ago, when we converted it from a living room. Back then, I was working as a marketing manager for a software company—mostly working at home because my boss was in Denver. After that role, I became the marketing manager at a manufacturing company, and they’d occasionally let me work from home (emphasis on “occasionally”). Soon thereafter, I decided to start my own content marketing business out of my home.
But with each new role, I never took the time to clean out and re-setup my office space. Rather, old documents, folders, and technology were simply pushed to the bottom and back of my desk by new documents, folders, and technology. And after five years of gradual hoarding, I was drowning at my desk. And in the end, my output was diminishing.
Rarely did I enthusiastically place my butt in my seat, ready to tackle my todos. Instead, I’d plop myself down, already feeling defeat before I’d even begun to work.
But now, thanks to my wife and profuse purging, my office has now been setup for the needs of today, while all the memorabilia from the past has been tossed or donated. And now I’m feeling free to write, work, and create again!
If you’ve been struggling from the same office hoarding syndrome as I was, take a listen to the following podcast by fizzle.co. You might find some good tips to help you start breathing and writing again.