1st February 2010.
It’s a brand new year – well, for me anyway. January was full of little bits of busyness, straggly leftovers from things not completed in December. It was all work, and all paid, but it didn’t have the satisfaction associated with starting something new.
No, February is usually my brand new year, as far as work is concerned. I deliberately hold off on finding anything time-consuming in the holidays, since three bored kids is usually time consuming enough. Having said that, a quick flick over my diary this morning revealed ABSOLUTELY no paid work this month until the end of this month, which suddenly seems a very long way away.
Normally there would be panic at this stage. However, a hugely busy December, a straggly well-paid January and four bookings in March means I’m not stressing yet. Plus, I have devised a plan. In an effort to keep busy and feel productive, I will spend this week tidying my office.
It’s been a long held goal to have a tidy office. In fact, it was a goal very nearly met when we moved house last April, and my little granny flat office was no more. And certainly, urgent unpacking was done. But there are currently five cardboard boxes in my new office labeled “not urgent” that probably require some attention. There’s also a cupboard full of more boxes, which may or may not be urgent. The only way to find out is to put my metaphorical wellies on and wade in.
I know there are two truths attached to this. The first is that anything in those boxes that wasn’t missed in the last nine months was definitely not urgent. Secondly, tidying one’s office is usually meaningless busyness, and will probably not bring more work my way.
Still, it will only take a week and it’s better than twiddling my thumbs. Or worse, getting addicted to Oprah. Besides, you know the old maxim – if nature abhors a vacuum, perhaps the space now filled with not-urgent boxes will eventually be filled with loads of work. You never know!
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