|Not my actual office. although it feels that way. (Source.)|
I want to take a moment to put this on the official record, for everyone on the web to possibly read: I formally apologize for every instance of teasing to which I ever subjected him.
Why the sudden turn around, only a month and a half into my own time as a library director? Because I already have piles of paper all over my office. There's a stack of books that were donated by a faculty member and another pile of books that were donated by a member of our staff. There's a small pile of articles I want to read and a large-ish pile of catalogs I have to go through. Then there's my official in box, which has - more than once - escaped its bounds to take over my desk. The worst part isn't that there are piles, it's how much of my office, my very small office, is taken up with these piles.
So, how do I plan to deal with this? To be honest, I'm not quite sure. There's a lot of work I need to do, and I'm not even done with planning to plan. I know I need to feel better situated in my space and I know I need to get back to my old habit of carving out two hours every Friday afternoon just for getting caught up to myself. I also know that I've turned a corner and am adding less to the piles than I'm subtracting. Beyond that, though, I'm still figuring this out.
By the way, I should have suspected something when my last director jokingly said, the last time I made fun of the disarray in his office, that he was willing to bet that my office at my new library would be just as bad given time. He was right. He was so, so right.
Anyway, how about you? How do you keep the piles from encroaching?