Tabula Rasa

I’ve been debating with myself the ‘clean desks’ policy for the renovated Diocesan Office. At the moment it has computers but no desks and chairs. That really suits me. I used to believe that you could make phone calls faster standing up – maybe the same could apply to meetings? Tho’ to be honest, I’m having one of those phases when I can’t quite get on top of the administration. The residual clutter in my e mail Inbox won’t reduce below about 60. And ditto on my desk is obstinately present. It’s not a backlog. More a layer of stuff which doesn’t quite seem to know where it is going to – and it doesn’t go away. I suppose I should chuck it out and start clear. Nobody seems to be looking for it so it will not be missed.


  1. I’ve always liked the signs that say “A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind.”

    There is a recent trend over on my side of the pond to have meetings standing up, in order to make them shorter. Haven’t really been a part of one, but I could see how it would encourage people to get to the point so they could go back to their messy desks in their tiny little cubicles.

  2. I once saw a cartoon of someone who had been told by a higher-up to have a clear desk every evening.

    so he neatly stacked everything, put it in an inter-office mail envelope (or two) and addressed it to himself, and put it in the interoffice mail. Desk was clear overnight, and the pending business returned in the first mail of the morning.

  3. I once bought a book called ‘Clear your Desk!’ I put it down on the desk when I got it home, and it was three weeks before I could find it again.

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