Stupid Work

Do you know this when you’re doing something that is physically and intellectually easy but takes so much time you cannot believe it? As you may know I started a new job this week, which is as a special ed teacher.

Now, I’m not a tidy person. Actually, saying that is probably like the Queen claiming to be not amused when her house just burned down. And because I’m chaos incarnated, I need to be very organised, because I cannot be trusted. So to have a good start, I created a folder for all my kids, with their files, their names printed on colourful paper sorted by their class, note paper,…

That stupid shit just took me two hours of my life. Who has got time for this? Do tidy people simply get a few hours more a day in whi9ch they can be tidy?

Blue folder on a cluttered desk

As you can see in the clutter behind the folder, I struggle with keeping my workspace clean.
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  1. says

    I feel for ya. As you might have glimpsed from some pictures from my workshop, I am not the tidiest person myself. Keeping the things at least somewhat organized is an uphill struggle.

  2. chigau (違う) says

    I try to keep TheStuff in a single layer.
    It covers a larger footprint but nothing will go to Underneath.
    If something gets Underneath, it will probably be lost forever.

  3. says

    Oh yeah. My little workroom/atelier/studio (depending on my mood) is also where I display the art dolls Paul finds disturbing and my collection of owls and tigers and bats (oh my) and other treasures. So in addition to being disorganized, it’s cramped and overflowing. At least I find sorting things soothing.

    Is the superhero embroidery for you, Giliell? You certainly deserve one!

  4. rq says

    The single layer works until you run out of horizontal surface. Then you have the choice of creating or appropriating new surface (floor, colleague’s desk, etc.) or risking the Underneath.

  5. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    Ah, the old need X amount of area, and only only X -- Y available. As an old academic, a chronic problem.
    Been working on that this last month, some of it included moving unused stuff from the kitchen to shelves in the dining room. Suddenly, lots of room to wash, drain, and dry dishes.
    Now downloading the monthly bills to obtain the 9-digit zip codes (and probably also receiving a mailed copy of said bills), so next month it can be done totally on my computer “paperless” by telling my bank to pay this to that company based on e-mails. What do I do with the extra paper in the interim?

  6. voyager says

    I have organized friends so I know that it can be done, but I’ve never been able to manage it.

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