Thursday, February 12, 2009

Making Space

Our office isn't exactly a pig sty, but it is a bit of a mess. There are random papers from any time in the last 10 years in random places. Filing cabinets have all sorts of arbitrary stuff in them (kettles and old telephone handsets). And stuff in plastic bags.
There are two rooms. A reception room and an inner room. The inner room has two desks, one of which has a nice computer on it. The other desk is obviously the boss's desk. I've found myself sitting at the desk with the computer, because I am more at home with it than is Rev Mathiti. I cleaned it out a bit, so that I had space to work. But I am only there two mornings of the week. While I am gone things get dumped on the desk and things that I am working with get moved. So I don't leave anything there anymore and if I'm working with church papers I bring them home to keep them 'safe'.
But I realised that the working environment was getting to me. It's partly that I don't really have very much to do, but it's also difficult for me not having my 'own space'. So this morning I allocated myself an hour and tidied up the reception room. I threw out the old papers that were meaningless. Put others in a filing cabinet. Moved the old pc into a corner and took a wet cloth for a walk. So, now I have declared that MY office. If anybody dumps something there, I feel I can move it, because I have rescued space that wasn't being used. I can set up my own laptop and work on it. It looks much better and I was much happier this morning.
Now, I hope that everything stays as I left it until tomorrow morning.

3 comments:

Steven Jones said...

An HOUR? Wow, Jen, I'm impressed! I've been bashing away for three WEEKS trying to get shot of stuff that is either (a) duplicated, (b) irrelevant, or (c) should be kept by someone else (e.g. the treasurer). However, today I began to see some light at the end of the tunnel, starting to see the wood (of my desk) for the trees, blah, blah, [insert your favourite cliche here]...

Now it's time to start putting some processes and procedures in place. There are also one or two "big birds" in the Church whose wings need a little clipping. Please pray that I exercise discernment, patience, and compassion in the various situations - some of the current situations in my Societies didn't occur overnight, and therefore won't be fixed overnight. Fun and games...

Thomas Scarborough said...

I like the Google gadget, but are you sure they'll still remember what you look like? I click on your blog five times a day ;-) to discover the latest news about cows in the road and walks on the beach but alas, you don't post that often. As for me, I put in a proposal today to buy a second three-wheeler! :-) No nondescript Honda for me. I trust the thesis is coming on in leaps and bounds ... ?

Jenny Hillebrand said...

Hi Thomas - thanks for the encouragement. I'll try to post more often. Thesis is growing. Cows are still there. Beach is good. Honda Jazz is a real blessing. Good luck with your new vehicle. Maybe when I am finished being a student I can also play!!