Friends, I’ve been in a major crisis of unproductivity.
All the neurons in my brain were sounding the alarms and sending out squadrons of fighter jets. Out of the intercoms was the Voice going, “Procrastination Nation is taking over!!! We need more MANPOWER!!!”
“Someone tell this guy to read a SELF-HELP BOOK! BECAUSE THAT ALWAYS WORKS!!!”
No. As soon as I got the message, I knew I wasn’t having it. Everyone knows that self-help gurus help no one but themselves (I mean, it literally says so in the name of the occupation).
The grass is green, the sky is blue, and self-help gurus are self-interested PIECES OF…well, you know. (Sorry, edgelords. Papa Tooms needs to keep this Blog monetized).
Amidst my Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Unproductivity Crisis, while I was lolling around consuming caffeine and social media to get my fix, while I was slamming my face against my cluttered desk…all my neurons had to do was whisper into my bionic ear:
“Get. A. New. Desk. You Lazy PIECE OF-.”
So I did.
I went to Walmart and made a simple $10 investment: I bought a small folding tray table. Chestnut brown because I’m a man of delicious taste.
But, that’s not even the best part:
It’s only 20 inches wide. That’s a foot-and-a-half plus two inches!
It is a mere infant in the world of teenage desks, middle-aged tables, and geriatric bureaus.
Now, why does the width/size of the table matter, you ask? It makes clutter virtually impossible! What do you make of that?
It’s well known that the Japanese practice a minimalist lifestyle part and parcel with Zen Buddhism. Hence, it’s very common to see clean, spacious homes, equipped only with the bare essentials, in Japan. They believe that more clutter leads to confusion, chaos and a lack of organization. The latter inevitably leads to a failure to meet your goals. It leads to an overt lack of productivity.
Zero productivity means zero happiness. If you’re not living with a purpose, then you’re not really living; you’re just existing. And just existing sucks.
As I rolled my leather seat into my new minimalist desk, I quickly finished the first draft of Heather’s Veil, after putting it on the back burner for months! Progress!
If you’re finding yourself in a rut of unproductivity, change your surroundings a bit and see what works. It’s important to create a work station that is far away from your bed/place of rest. Create a work station that you can train your brain to see as…a WORK station.
All fun and play can be had elsewhere. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to minimize clutter. 🙂
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