A while back, I had a small stack of papers on my desk. There were only about five sheets in the pile so I didn’t consider it a priority even though I was sick of looking at it. Every now and then I would pick it up, flip through it, straighten it up, and put it in a different spot on my desk. “That’ll be my new ‘to be handled’ area,” I told myself. Then I’d get sick of seeing it there so I’d move it again. “Hmm, maybe if I stand it up on its side between these books I’ll handle it sooner.” This dance happened for months. Yes, months. I kept moving the stack around but never took action even though I had determined that these were “follow up” items—things that needed my attention and the next step was mine.
This is a little something I call The Clutter Shuffle, and it happens for a couple of reasons: