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Before I head back into college tomorrow and lecture my socks of (a hard task as I am still barefoot in my shoes) I need to pay a little attention to my desk today.

With several projects in the pipeline (yes I got some of those jobs I applied for recently), 14 hours of teaching and preparing for, some bills that need my attention and then of course my manuscript that I need to finish in the next thee weeks, or so, my desk has become a little cluttered and unorganised.

So, today I will spend a few hours preparing lessons for next week, filling in the last  hateful forms of administration, organising my schedule for next week and generally just tiding up the debris of a busy week.

As I shuffle, file, tear up, sort through I can’t help but think about an article I read about what a desk says about you. It was based on a book by Sam Gosling PhD called Snoop – What your stuff says about you and took a closer look at how people perceive us when they see our desks.

A nest of post-it’s may indicate that you can’t remember things, a collection of toys and novelty items show that you aren’t taking your work seriously, general messiness that you aren’t organised.

Gosling basically links up our possessions and how we display them to the OCEAN Traits, the big five (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism).

I’m not sure if our desks are a  true reflection of who we are but  I do know I work better when I have a little more space, it’s as if a tidy desk allows my mind to run wild with no distractions from clutter around it. However the clutter I collect while in the middle of things does seems to be an important aspect of how I work.

But for now, to give myself a fresh start for a new semester, I will keep organising today, give myself a little bit of room to settle in to a new rhythm and try and be one step ahead of my deadlines.

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a  cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Albert Einstein

If you want to take the test and see how you rank on the OCEAN traits follow this link