My Organized Chaos Desk
Posted: October 9, 2015
I have spent the past two weeks making a number of sales calls and I realized how much I need to take the time to clean off my office desk and two work tables. The need to get organized was never more apparent to me as I viewed other office desks that seemed to be less dysfunctional than mine. In other words, if you are like me, we try to tell ourselves that our work life is intact, yet we know that we could always be doing more to stay on top of things.
I always like to think I'm more organized than I am. But if one were to visit my office at any given time, it doesn't look too pretty from the other side.
I read a recent study by a behavioral psychologist named Donna Dawson that stated that persons who maintain "The Organized Chaos Desk" have a personality that "has piles of paper…The owner will claim to have a "filing system" where they can easily find what they are looking for…While they are likely to be a workaholic, they are fun to chat with and are flexible and brilliant for brainstorming." That's me.
At least I would like to think so when a psychologist talks about being flexible and brilliant.
I have a hard time when I see people who have what I like to call a "Neat Freak Desk". I suppose the office manager and/or front line individual who is the first to see customers should probably have a clean desk, but I still wonder whether those workers have too much time on their hands or are just so darn efficient that it makes everyone else feel sick.
I have been on plenty of sales calls where I observe that the advertising prospect's desk looks a lot like mine. But upon further review, I notice that none of the piles on his/her desk is related to one another. In other words, this person's "Piler Desk" is not an organized setup at all.
I wish I could have a "Show Off" desk. These are the people who usually work in insurance or finance and have desks that exude confidence. These people usually have a small award on their desk to show their professionalism. Plus, these types of individuals usually have a candy jar on their desk for visitors.
Unfortunately, I do not have too many professional accolades and I do not get many visitors. So until I get around to cleaning up my office environment, I will have to live with my "Organized Chaos Desk". And since I don't get many visitors, I know that if I had a candy jar on my desk, the contents would end up in my mouth.