Clean Your Desk Before It Rebels – Accountability Day

Posted by on Jul 12 2015

I’ve always procrastinated about organizing my office, and it’s even worse when you move to a NEW office and have to set it up from scratch.

Two weeks ago, we moved to a new house. Yay, right? Uh…no.

It was an utterly exhausting process, physically, emotionally and spiritually. By the time we got to the new house, all I cared about was three things:

  1. Did we have a place to sleep?
  2. Could we take showers?
  3. Could we cook meals?

That’s how tired we were! And it’s taken two weeks to simply set up the basics and recover from our long, arduous journey to our new home and new home offices. (Let’s just say that napping and ice cream became crucial pieces of our recovery process!)

Today I created an “accountability day” for myself, to set up my desk, unpack all my office boxes, organize my supply closets, and figure out how to make my office as efficient and pleasant as possible.

I hate doing this sort of thing alone, so I’m enlisting all of you, my friends on Twitter and Facebook, to hold me accountable.

Friday, July 17 is Clean Your Desk Before It Rebels accountability day. Want to join me?

We’ll have great conversation and encourage each other to tackle whichever part of your office that needs the most attention (you decide).

Plus, it’s a free Accountability Day. So you have no excuses! Let’s make our offices the perfect place to work and be creative!

Here’s what I propose:

  1. Pledge to clean your desk, declutter your office, file your paperwork on Friday, July 17. (If you can’t do it that day, pick another day close to that date so you can join in on the fun!)
  2. Choose a time you will begin and a time you will end. Setting clear goals will help you to focus.
  3. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, friend/follow me, so we can share our photos and progress reports with each other.

On July 17:

  1. Post your “before” photo on Facebook or Twitter. Don’t be shy or embarrassed by your “before” photo of your office…we’re all in this together. (Wait to you see my disaster area! Whew!) Either post your “before” photo on your own Timeline or on the Accountability Day Event Page on Facebook.
  2. Post a note to me on Facebook or Twitter so I can follow your activity on our Accountability Day. (Or just post your photos and updates on the Accountability Day Event Page on Facebook so everyone can see your progress!)
  3. Every 30 minutes or so during your day, post a tweet or message about your status: How are you doing? What have you gotten done so far? Where are you stuck?
  4. Post photos along the way so we can all celebrate and cheer you on!

C’mon, join in! It’s a wonderful opportunity to tackle a project and get it done with a little support from your friends!


13 comments for now

13 Responses to “Clean Your Desk Before It Rebels – Accountability Day”

  1. Patrice

    Count me in! I need someone to hold my feet to the fire! 🙂 I asking my sister if she wants to do it too.

    12 Jul 2015 at 11:07 pm

  2. Oh what a brilliant idea, urgently required! Can’t join you on the 17th, but will be with you in spirit and do my part on Saturday 18th.

    13 Jul 2015 at 2:53 am

  3. I have tried but as soon as I start, I find its truly like the ocean, stuff out stuff in, trash out trash in, or client in cleaning stops. I’m willing to try anything

    13 Jul 2015 at 7:32 am

  4. Debbie

    Yes! I love this kind of ‘sport’ and it’s very timely for me right now. I had a computer repair guy in last week and had him move my PC from one corner of my office to the other and I love it! However, I hadn’t planned on moving that day so things got shoved and stacked in the process and I need some inpsiration to tackle organizing everything and doing a lot of purging along the way.

    13 Jul 2015 at 10:58 am

  5. Karyn, why-oh-why did you touch this subject? [its like being proposed to, when you are not ready to commit] 🙂 #timingiseverything

    13 Jul 2015 at 9:23 pm

  6. I’m in! Alaska time is 1 hour earlier than Pacific. I’ll get started on the HUGE pile on my desk as early as possible! I’m a Visual person and a Stacker, so I know where everything is, but the pile makes me FEEL disorganized. I prefer to keep everything in Manila folders in drawers, or better yet, scanned into Evernote!

    13 Jul 2015 at 11:41 pm

  7. I’m in! I moved 8 months ago, however right afterward “Life happened”. I want to go through client notes /files and stacks, so to be organized before I start re-writing my website and start my next book. It’ll be fun doing it this way.

    14 Jul 2015 at 10:19 pm

  8. Count me in! I will ‘bare all’, which will be ugh a Super mess as I return from yet Another road trip

    15 Jul 2015 at 1:19 am

  9. Oh boy, perfect timing! My Friday is clear and my home office area is a complete disaster! I have found myself sometimes paralyzed from working it is such a mess. I am in! Thanks for thinking of this. I will be sooo embarrassed to post the 1st before photo and so proud to post the final

    15 Jul 2015 at 12:20 pm

  10. I can’t join on the 17th as I have an all-day project for a client, but I’m in for the 18th. It’s supposed to be a rainy day here in Montreal anyway, so perfect office taming weather. Can’t wait to see the before and after from everyone participating!

    15 Jul 2015 at 12:38 pm

  11. Great minds think alike! Just posted this today:

    A Clean Desk – It’s Easier Than You Think

    Why do we constantly battle the desk top? Maybe we think everything is important? Maybe it is, how will we know? It is possible that time will tell. So the key is not keeping it on your desk while you are letting time figure that out.

    Let’s assume you have a place for truly important documents. Insurance folders, legal paper folders etc.

    Prepare 12 folders labeled January – December for all, invoices, receipts, and support documents. All accounting papers go in there. Take a file box and label it for the current year. Remove the files in June and December and sort the papers into tax appropriate piles. This process takes me about two hours a year in front of the TV.

    For everything else make 12 hanging folders and label them January – December. Take everything on top of your desk and put it in the current month’s folder. If you need it three months from now you just have three folders to look through, and usually you can find it in the first one you look through.

    Worried you’ll not follow up on something you should? Schedule it in your calendar. “Review June Folder” or more specifically “follow up with Mr. Jones, papers in June folder”.

    Twelve months go by and it’s still there. Get rid of it!

    An empty desk is not the sign of an empty mind but the sign of a prepared mind. A prepared mind ready to take on the challenges of the day.

    15 Jul 2015 at 12:53 pm

  12. What a brilliant idea Karyn! I was looking for company on this task.. I always seem to put it off which is probably why I don’t get as much done because I cannot find anything! Once you see my photo…you will understand:((

    15 Jul 2015 at 1:10 pm

  13. De

    This is a wonderful idea! I no longer feel alone! In a much needed task which should have been done a year ago! BUT circumstances have stagnated the process!!! I can take the before picture but can’t move forward

    18 Jul 2015 at 7:43 pm

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