Did you see that photo?
That’s my desktop!
And did you see there are just two, itty bitty little blue folders in the right bottom corner?
This is the “after” shot of last night’s computer cleaning efforts. I didn’t have it in me to take a screen shot of the “before.” It was not a sight for the weak of heart.
But you can easily imagine it.
My desktop was littered with icons. There were so many of them, there were icons on top of icons. And oh my, when I went to find something, I had better set aside a large chunk of time because it was going to take awhile to wade through the mess. And, then, by the time I did find what I was looking for, well, to say I was totally aggravated, is a nice way to describe my feelings.
Aggravated at myself for making such a mess.
And when trying to do a creative project, aggravated is not the best state to be in.
So yesterday, New Year’s Eve, I did two of my favorite things, simultaneously, and together they inspired me, inspired my year. They gave me a big project and trust me, Charlotte likes projects.
2013 is going to be a good year!
What did I do you might be asking?
Well, I will tell you what I did…
I sat by the fire with a notebook and pen and thought about time.
I thought about the gift of time we all have been given.
I thought about where I was and where I wanted to be next December 31.
I thought about what I wanted to accomplish with the chunk of time we call 2013.
And by the time the fire was burned out I was ignited by tons of ideas.
But first, before I go any further, it’s the time in the post where I must make a confession. Here it goes…
I am calmer, happier, when my life is orderly.
There. I said it.
Yeah. I can do spontaneous. Maybe even as well as most people. But see, what I like is having my life predictable in as many ways as I can because then I am freer for the unexpected.
For ease of explanation let me give you an example…
When all my meals are planned for the week and groceries for those meals are purchased, then, if an unexpected event should take me away for the afternoon, say a buddy calls and says, “Hey, you want to meet me at the airport and go flying?” I can go, have fun, and when I get home, everything is in place for me to pick back up and I don’t skip a beat.
I like that.
Okay, back to me sitting in front of the fireplace. So what did I do next?
I popped right out of my fireplace-sitting chair and I began my project to organize every inch of my living space. I mean, once you know what you want to do, why wait to do it, right?
Where did I go first?
To my computer of course. After all, I spend HOURS on my computer. Yup, you read that right, hours, and I am tired of a cluttered desktop and files full of junk I haven’t used in forever.
Fueled by my mission, methodically I opened every file and most of what I found in those files, I trashed.
Yeah, I took great pleasure dragging tons of stuff to that little garbage can in my dock.
It feels so good to get rid of stuff I don’t use.
Does it feel good to you?
Then, after several hours, before me was a thing of beauty… a desktop with just two folders.
Two folders hold my computer life.
One folder is labeled L&I. This blog.
The other is labeled Personal. The rest of my life.
So that’s it.
At the stroke of midnight I had my first organizing project of the year done. And I was exactly where I wanted to be.
Now, onto my sock drawer.
What do you want to accomplish this year?
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Postscript: It is with a nod to an observant reader who pointed out my messy dock, (the horror) I am adding a screenshot of my new and even cleaner desktop. 12 dock icons… down from 27! Thank you, thank you!