Sorry not to have been back earlier … couple of weeks of alarums and excursions, and other complications.
I think Jaysen and I must be related!
Actually, it’s something I learnt one week in China. One Tuesday afternoon, a message arrived from one of the people in the International Office; there was a very important document to be edited, needed by the President by 9 a.m. on Thursday. It was at a time when I was feeling really tired and getting out of breath and I’d just seen my cardiologist, who had arranged a complete check-up for me, and had told me that there was nothing intrinsically wrong but that I should not work so hard and rest more!
So I told Cathy that there was no way I could do it unless she booked me a room in one of the on-campus hotels, as I had 6 hours of lectures the next day with preparation and further lectures on Thursday, and with a 1 to 1 1/2 hour journey in each direction to get home and with 100 stairs to climb I would be too tired when I got home. Eventually, she came back to me and said she’d got permission to book me a room in the Guest House and the boss wanted to know how long I’d like to have it. So I took a punt and said “A week” and that’s what I got. So I went home, quickly packed up pyjamas, changes of clothes, toothbrush etc. and settled in to the guest house.
For a week, I had the clothes I needed and my MBA, which I needed for work, and nothing else, and I felt so relieved and so energetic. I realised then how much possessions, things, clutter, all sap your energy. As I said before, I really want to declutter my life, but the only domain — apart from my mind — over which I have real control — and I don’t suppose I have real control over my mind! — are my computers, iPad and iPhone. When my wife asks me to sort something out on her MBP, I find hunting around on her overloaded dock, working out what she’s got running, and her desktop covered with a random selection of files, folders, disk icons, totally confusing and frustrating.
It’s not that I’m looking at the desktops all the time; it’s knowing that there is nothing cluttering them up which I like. Jaysen’s point about redrawing, perhaps especially on this 2GB MBA with fairly restricted graphics power running Yosemite, would seem another good reason for keeping it clean.