On my Twitter feed two weeks ago I spied an amusing observation I believe came from user Anna M @helgagrace:
“In my experience, adulthood is mostly piling stuff up on surfaces and then eventually having to clean off those surfaces.”
While this observation is also applicable to our childhood and teenage years, most of us have a tenancy to pile belongings throughout our living and work spaces. This is because we have not taken the short time required to consider the value of that item, if we want to keep it, and the proper place it should reside. For home and office, the contexts are different. At work, the two GTD questions at the top of the workflow diagram, “What is it?” and “Is it actionable?”, can clear backlog. At home, Konmari’s core question, “Does this spark joy?” can bring the value of personal items into focus.
So with 2019 still fresh and new, why not commit an hour this week to clear off a surface? You may find that intentionally clearing a space can release fresh energy in your life which can be used to accomplish meaningful goals. What do you have to lose? At the very least you will have a clear surface to admire when you are done.