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Guest Post

I wrote a guest post called Why You SHOULD Have A Messy Desk over at Derek Semmler dot com. Check it out! :-)

I know, I know. Some of you organized people are shaking your heads and tsk tsk tsk’ing at me, but the voice of unorganized people must be heard!

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  1. Na
    October 23rd, 2008 | 10:34 pm

    You leave your glue gun near the sink? Tsk tsk!

    Man, my work desk at the moment is ridiculous! I’ve started trying to sort it, mainly because I’m running out of space to put things. I’m about 1/10th there… ;P

  2. October 24th, 2008 | 2:23 am

    It’s just an example, m’kay? 😛
    Two tips: stack things up and push to the side.

    Kelvin Kao’s last blog post..Guest Post

  3. October 25th, 2008 | 9:52 am

    Excellent post! This mirrors my own organization method, one facet of which I call the “sedimentary filing system” — recent stuff on the top layer, with progressively older stuff found on lower layers (most useful for papers and design sketches on a desk). Proximity organization is something I’ve always done quite naturally and it has served me well (most of the time) for the my 38 years on this Earth.

    The only trouble in both of these methods is when it comes time for long term storage—when the piles of old must be cleared to make room for the piles of new. This is where it is difficult for me to make quick (logical) decisions about what should be saved and where it should be saved (especially true of test prints or other design-related items that may pertain to more than one particular project). Often times these items end up stacked in loose bundles inside stackable boxes because I can’t bear to thrown them out, nor can I really commit the time or energy to catalog them in a meaningful way. “I’ll just organize this at some other time,” I’ll say to myself. This, of course, never happens.

  4. October 25th, 2008 | 7:49 pm

    Haha, “sedimentary filing system”, eh? I like the name. Of course, there’s the issue of scaling. This kind of “organization” may not always scale when it comes to extended time or shared space. Also, every now and then I would be going through those boxes stashed away to look for an item I need. I would at the same time also take out a few items that I see that might be useful in near future. And those things would go into the recent / near piles.

    Readers that like this post might also like this post by John Perry about being a horizontal organizer:
    http://www.structuredprocrastination.com/light/organization.php

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