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I have been swamped at work lately! It’s been going well, though; I’d much rather be busy than bored. My new assignment is working out and everything is starting to come together. I’m getting myself organized and I’m starting to feel like I’m swimming instead of slipping underwater! The longer I work in the academic publishing field, the more I realize how important organization is to me, not only in my career but in my personal life.

One of the things I started doing almost every weeknight for the past year or so is laying out my clothes the night before work. I can’t tell you how much of a difference this makes in my morning–I’m less stressed because I already know what I’m wearing that day. Because it makes my life so much easier, I’ve been forcing myself to do this every weeknight so that I can save time getting ready in the morning and face my day with little to no pre-stress!

I also do the same thing with food, though this is less strict for me. I try to plan my meals ahead of time when I go food shopping, and then figure out my week based on my meals once I get home. I don’t know about you, but I’m at my most cranky at the end of the day when I walk in the door after work. I’m tired, I’m trying to de-stress, and I’m thinking about everything I still need to do before the day is over. Oh, and I’m usually starving. The last thing I want to think about is preparing an elaborate meal for myself, so I make sure that I’ve prepared the night before or that morning. I’ve either defrosted something, food is waiting for me in the crock pot, or I have some sort of plan for dinner. This also prevents me from overeating and staying healthy.

I remove clutter from surfaces I use all the time, such as my coffee table and bedroom dresser (and floor…). I hate clutter–it puts me in a frame of mind that I don’t like, so I’ve been trying to be more minimalist with my things recently. I don’t know if the open floor plan at work is seeping into my home life, but the lack of stuff is one of the things I like the most about our office. It’s much harder for someone to keep too much with them all day since they have to lug it around and put it away at the end of the day.

I’ve found that the more I organize things to suit my needs, the happier, calmer, and more productive I am. What I outlined above doesn’t work for everyone (I know–one of my closest friends swears she actually thinks more clearly when she’s surrounded by her work), but work out a system for your life. It helps!



Later this week and early next week, many of the society members in charge of the journal I work on will be at their annual meeting. For the past couple of weeks, the managing editor of the journal has been preparing for it and, I’m sure, has work coming out of her ears. Though I wish everyone from the society the best of luck for the upcoming meeting, I am taking full advantage of this time to do some housekeeping. You know, that work that can be put off because it’s not time-sensitive (organizing, decluttering, catching up)? That’s what I’m looking forward to doing.

I love to be organized but sometimes it can be hard to make time for it during a busy work week (and I feel as though all I’ve had since before Christmas are busy work weeks; probably because I’m still “learning”). Of course, I still have papers coming in, copyediting to review, and proofs to work on, but the rest of the time I have that would be taken up by correspondence can now be used in a different way. I plan on turning on some soothing music (probably classical), popping in my headphones, and working all day, uninterrupted. Those are probably famous last words, though, because I’m sure something will come up….

Lately, I’ve been thinking that I could use a few hours to go through documents, procedures, and tools for my journal and spruce everything up. It’s fate that the meeting happens to fall right around this time! Also, on top of that, there is a department-wide initiative that was just put into place for all of us to re-organize and re-write our “Journal Profiles”; this is the big, detailed document that describes everything about the journal from style to issues to procedures. What a perfect time to work on this mammoth document! I just hope I haven’t jinxed myself by writing this post :).

Do you ever have “down-time” or “slow-time” at work that allows you to get organized?


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