I have a lot of paperwork, and having a bit of hoarder and procrastination tendency at heart, it is not surprising that much of it is no longer relevant and stacking up and filling spaces that could be better used.
Don’t get me wrong, my house is nowhere near the state of things you see on the famous t.v. show Hoarders. There are other people in my house who can probably take some of the credit for keeping me in check!
I did have an inspiration tonight that it is time to rid myself of paperwork from my previous job. I switched companies about two years ago and have boxes of notes I had taken that I thought might come in handy. I have referenced this material as I started my new job, and pulled some of the folders and notebooks out where the ideas and thoughts and doodles and mind-maps that I had created could help me kick-start an initiative with my new team. After this amount of time though, I need to come to terms with the fact that the good stuff has been culled, and the rest is not needed.
These notes, my handwriting, the different slant of writing showing frustration vs. free thought vs. decisions made were important. They had a place, they served me well, they did their job. It’s time to honour the notebooks, the loose papers, the success they brought me, and the memories they conjure…and put them to rest.
There are some books that are a bit older – I mean really, a book on programming languages…having managed teams for about 15 years now, they would laugh if they heard me quoting how to program a computer I am sure – so they should be the easy ones to release. I’m sure there are some books in every life that point to a piece of your identity that brought you to where you are today. Seeing these and touching these stirs up memories that are soft and comforting and wistful. I’ve decided I can take pictures of them and keep the memory without the physical book (that is actually out of date anyway for what is required today).
The freedom will allow me to make space – physical, emotional, and intellectual – for the new thoughts, the new teams, the new ideas, and the new successes.
Oh yeah, another bonus will be the cleaned up space in the home and the pleased, surprised look on my husband’s face.
I haven’t done it yet…I’ve set myself a target date…help me stick to it by encouraging me with your thoughts.