Cutting through mess

practicingdev  •  13 Jan 2022   •  

The best way to avoid dealing with a mess is not to create one in the first place. To have tidy processes in place that keep everything orderly, to keep your systems well maintained, your skills sharp, your emergency reserves well stocked, etc.

But then the next best thing is when you create a mess, clean it up quickly. Get better and faster at that, and you can tolerate more of a mess, even if it means losing a bit of time and energy to clean up.

When that doesn’t work and you’re buried in it, sometimes sweeping a mess under the rug or pushing it off into a closet is a smart move, to buy yourself some time, to visualize what a life with fewer messes might be, etc.

But then eventually, to really undo the bad habits of the past, you gotta take that mess out of its hiding place, and one piece at a time, pick it up. (I AM HERE)


Yes I’ve heard “make your bed” and “avoid clutter” and Marie Kondo and all that. That’s not how I operate, and I’m fine with it.

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therealbrandonwilson  •  13 Jan 2022, 3:51 pm

@practicingdev I AM HERE too lol. My desk is a clusterf**k of cables and letters and stray items

jasonleow  •  14 Jan 2022, 3:31 am