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Saturday, January 2, 2010
Are You More Creative in a Tidy or Not So Tidy Office?
In a recent blog, a friend of mine dis-played a photo of her workspace. There were papers and cats everywhere. I loved it. It was a busy room, full of creativity. And I could sense a whole lot of wonderful things had and would come to life there.
(Other than the amount of cats and the large area), it reminded me of my office. Or at least the left-hand side of my office. See, I made a resolution two weeks ago to start the New Year with everything in its place. Needless to say, I missed the deadline.
It is now day two of 2010, and I sit in a room which is, on the right side, neat as a pin, but on the left side, heaped with papers and files, stuck-on-the-desk affirmations, a cat, candles, and various and sundry things which I haven't found a home for yet.
I've been tidying things up for about four hours now, so I thought I'd take a break.
I look from side to side and I wonder.
Admittedly, the right side looks awesome. It exudes calmness, order, and discipline. Still, the left side makes me feel more comfortable, envigorated, confident. I feel more productive knowing that everything I'm working on, or thinking of working on, or should be working on, or will be working on in a month is closeby, at hand, (at least on the left side), scattered about in the mounds on the desk or in one of the many piles I have on the floor so I won't forget anything.
As I sit here, doubts torment me. What if I put everything in its place, then I can't find the place it's in? What if I throw away something and it turns out in a month, that's just the thing I need? What if I sit down tomorrow and can't write because my creativity craves more clutter?
Hmmm. 'Tis a quandry all right. So I may just leave everything the way it is for now. After all, it took me a whole year and two days to get to this point. I don't want to rush things.
Hi, I'm Allia Zobel Nolan, also known as Kitty Literate. Readers recognize me for titles such as Purr More, Hiss Less:Heavenly Lessons I Learned From My Cat and 101 Reasons Why Cats Make Great Kids. But I've written over 170 children and adult books, chief among them are The Worrywart's Prayer Book, Cat Confessions: A Kitty Come Clean Tell-All Book; The Ten Commandments for Little Ones, and more. New Releases in 2012 include:Hugs & Kisses, God from Kids Around the World; Dog Confessions; I'd Rather Be a Cat: The Official Better than Dogs Cat Book, and WHATEVER: LIVIN' THE TRUE, NOBLE, TOTALLY EXCELLENT LIFE. Look for them wherever books are sold and online.
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