learning to trust my own opinions and expertise
Today I am joining in with The Lounge, hosted this week by Musings of the Misguided and the question posed is “What did you think you would be better at by now?”
At this stage of my life and my career I should be better at keeping my desk under control. I should be neat. I should have a system. I should know where that contract is and I should be able to find my pen. I shouldn’t have stray forks and teaspoons sitting next to my PC.
Let’s look at the ways in which I am failing:
I cleared out my in-tray earlier in the year and found paperwork from 18 months ago buried in it. I don’t really use my in-tray as an in-tray, so much as I use it as a holding pen. The upside to this is that clearly that work from 18 months ago wasn’t really that important so I could safely throw it in the bin. It’s a sort of efficiency if you think about it in that particular way.
My Kris Kringle gift was a set of forks. Because the collection on my desk really belongs to the staff kitchen and needed to be given back. I have made leaps and bounds on that front, and currently there is only one fork on my desk. That I am going to take to the kitchen RIGHT NOW.
OK I’m back. Continuing.
Once when I did an office cleanup a colleague asked if I was leaving the organisation. Because clearly the only way my office could be tidy is if I was preparing for departure.
I found a very important parcel on my desk about a week after it was delivered. And after I had complained about not receiving it in a timely manner.
But this is all sounding very negative. On the plus side, I am very organised electronically – and I make sure that my team understand that it is all about The Email. I have an email system so that email tasks/requests/action/information don’t get lost or overlooked, and when finished with, they are appropriately filed for future reference. I have a background in Document Management Systems – this much I can do.
I also surround myself with enough neat and tidy people to keep the general office environment under control. So when I look around, I don’t think “shitfight”.
And on top of all that, I make sure that my desk, whilst in a communal office, is out of the line of general sight. No need to share my dirty little secret, right?