10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge – DAY 8

Day 8 – Choosing Your Adventure

The Challenge: Go out and do something that you’ve wanted to do for a long time.

Write about how you can make such adventures part of your new lifestyle

Let me be honest right up front about  this challenge. I’m a day late, I didn’t “go out” to do it, and while it was something I needed to do, I definitely did not want to do it.

You’ll see why in just a moment.

The day of this challenge is a very busy day for me. By the time we get home after church the closest thing to “adventure” is seeing if we can reach the bed before we drop. So, I decided to postpone. As tonight and my ideas for an adventure waned, I began to worry I would have to postpone another day. Then, as I glanced over at my desk despondently, I realized what my adventure would be:

 

"The Desk" (Before)
“The Desk” (Before)

Yes. It’s true – this is where I ‘write’. The breeding ground of creativity and… who knows what else. It looks really bad in this picture because… well, because it is bad. I usually just set things to one side or the other and leave myself a small workspace.

On Wednesday was a webinar put on by Michael Hyatt entitled “13 Productivity Myths That Are Actually Making You Less Productive”. In it he mentioned that clutter makes you less productive.

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Clutter is not productive. Who knew?

I set myself a task and made it the only thing I worked on (multitasking is also counter-productive). In what has been a growing monster of a mess for weeks, the desk was cleared in less than 30 minutes.

"The Desk" (After)
“The Desk” (After)

My desk is so clean and uncluttered now, you could eat off of it.

Try the escargot! It's fresh...
Try the escargot! It’s fresh…

Now, how does this factor into my lifestyle? My freedom plan does not include “Spend your time digging through junk to find what you need”. In fact, I plan on using my laptop more and my desktop for larger projects. If home-base isn’t taken care of, then how can my mind be free to focus on the right things?

There you have it. My wonderful adventure in desk disinfecting and disaster recovery.

Until tomorrow!

“Clutter is symptomatic of delayed decision making.”  ― Cynthia Kyriazis


This blog post is in response to Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge Day 8

Natalie’s 10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge

  3 comments for “10 Day Freedom Plan Blog Challenge – DAY 8

  1. Janet Burton
    September 22, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Love your post and your honesty. You should feel proud of your action.

    • September 23, 2016 at 12:00 am

      Thank you, Janet. I am really glad I did it and that I was willing to share it. Now to keep it that way!

  2. Petal
    September 28, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    Wow!! Dennis that was quite the adventure. Through that experience you accomplished so much more than just tidying up your work space. To keep it that way just pencil in the 30 mins in your calendar. Great job.

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