On boxing day, I started the process of tidying and cleaning my home office. While I often clean and loosely tidy it, this time I wanted to totally ‘gut it’. For the last 2 months, the room has doubled-up as both my office and ‘storage’ for a mass of gifts. All boxed and strategically placed hidden from prying eyes, as best we could.
I started by getting rid of a mass of stuff that is no longer of us – dated books, thousands of old magazines and much more. This took days and countless trips to the tip. I also unplugged everything, discovering in the process a mass of cables that led to nowhere.
I previously had a mix of both wired and wireless computers and peripherals, so the legacy of all the wired stuff could be removed.
I’m really keen to cut down on the amount of paper we use, and importantly, store. We had already made some steps here by switching bank statements to paperless, but much else still has to be delivered in paper form. Rather than keeping these, I’ve begun scanning them and storing them digitally. This allows me to then shred the original (with the shredded paper being composted), and also allows me to find documents I need far easier than relying on my memory to know where I put them.
My wife kindly bought me the Apple Pencil for Christmas, so I’ll also switch to using my iPad for ‘handwritten’ notes, rather than pen and paper. I haven’t yet fixed my workflow and preferred way of handling this, but after some playing around I’m happy with the ‘feel’ of the pencil. I’m the kind of person that enjoys ‘pen and paper’, but even so I’m content with this digital approach – it’s a world away from the traditional stylus approach of old.
I’ve paired my Bluetooth keyboard, the one that originally came with the iMac, to my iPad. The old, full-sized keyboard I’ve had for years, is now connected to the iMac. The Bluetooth keyboard paired with the iPad will be of far more use – especially when I’m on the move.
I share my office with my 6-year-old daughter, Sydney. My wife tends to do her work on the sofa, but Sydney prefers working from a ‘proper’ desk. She’s relieved to see she now, also has space to work.
The biggest gain from being brutal is the extra space. Previously, literally, every part of my desk was covered in ‘something’, whether it be notepads, books, pens or pencils. I’m sure this will quickly be refilled with much the same. But for now, I’m enjoying the mass of space on offer.
Many like to use this week between Christmas and New Year to do as little as possible. I like using it to prepare my self for the coming year. I feel as though I have a clean, blank slate to start the new year from. It’s going to be a busy 2019, but I feel ready for it now.