Friends, I’ve been having a major dearth of productivity.

All the neurons in my brain were sounding the alarms. They even sent 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 about the self-help book, I wasn’t having it. Everyone knows that self-help gurus help no one but themselves (I mean, it literally says so in the job name).

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).

An image of a man wearing a blue shirt. He's holding up his finger to his mouth, to say "shh."
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Amidst my Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Productivity Crisis…

As 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 this into my bionic ear:

“Get. A. New. Desk. You Lazy PIECE OF-.”

So I did.

Corey Toomey sitting at his old workstation. The desk has a peanut jar, a newspaper, and a water bottle.
A lazy, unproductive slob in his natural habitat. Please don’t throw peanuts at him. He already has some.

Best Desk in the West

I went to Walmart and made a simple $10 investment. I bought a small folding tray table.

It’s 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!

Corey Toomey's new workstation. His laptop takes up most of the space.

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? Let’s ask our friends in the Land of the Rising Sun!

Easy, Peasey, Japanesey

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.

An image of two Asian women in a clean, spacious house.
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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 kind of 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!

Corey Toomey, giving a thumbs up.
The Face of Progress!

Small Desk, Big Ideas

If you’re finding yourself in a rut of no productivity, change your surroundings a bit and see what works. It’s important to create a workstation that is far away from your bed/place of rest.

Create a workstation that you can train your brain to see as…a WORKstation.

All fun and play can be had elsewhere.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt to minimize or work away from clutter. šŸ™‚

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Corey Toomey making the universal sign for "thank you." His hands are clapped together, as if praying.

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