This post could not have come at a more timely date. I had been meaning to write a post about how a desk with all sorts of junk on it couldn’t be good for the mind, when something incredible happened.
When I entered my office this afternoon, the desk, and the office, were clean.
As you can see from the above picture, the desk is largely free of clutter. Just last Friday there were notes and papers strewn across the surface of the desk, almost entirely obscuring the calendar that sat on there.
The notepads and sticky-note blocks were not organized in a neat stack as they are now, but were placed in any place where they could fit. It is a marked and improved contrast.
The reason for this newfound tidiness? My father, having been meaning to do so for a long time, finally cleaned up the office. It doubles as the accounting office, where it was previously used by my dear grandmother. I began using it mere weeks ago. My father knew exactly what needed to be done.
There are two lessons here: First, cleaning your desk regularly will help you to feel refreshed at your desk job. That’s how it felt for me!
Second, having a boss who cares about his workplace being clean and neat is incredibly gratifying. Not only does it show that he cares, but it motivates his employees to care too.
So thank you, dad, for teaching me to keep my desk clean!
Marketing Director at the Renton Printery. Providing advice on print-buying and business, along with notes on the state of the shop.