As some of you may know, my company has been having a rough time of it with the economy. Last week, we received an email mid-week announcing that "measures" would be announced on Friday, i.e. layoffs, furloughs, and pay cuts. (What book of management is the "announce but don't announce and let people walk on eggshells for 2 days" idea from?) I was the lucky (and I do mean lucky) recipient of an additional pay cut.
However, before I found this out, I really had no idea. So, I set about taking the time during which I would normally be working and cleaned out my office, just in case. I cleared out more than an entire shelf's worth of paper. My normal "filing" procedure is to stuff all project materials into a magazine file and forget about them. I was amazed at how much I could purge.
I feel SO MUCH LIGHTER this week. Mentally. Partially because I know I have a job for now. But, I also like to think it's in part due to the paper purge. Here's a visual:
Many of the magazine files are empty. I am going to try to be more conscientious of the paper I keep around. It really does become a burden that weighs on you.