“This Office… is Clean”

I’ve been working on my organization skills since I last talked about it a month ago, and I’ve been making some progress.

The day job office now looks like this:

This Office... is Clean

The wires are supposed to look like that. Really.

I’m kind of shocked myself. I don’t think I’ve even seen the floor since summer. Here’s another look at the “before” picture:

Disaster Area

Actual quote: "Mike, this is a fire hazard."

The only reason it took this long is I’m a one-man shop for three buildings and I’ve been insanely busy, especially with some new testing programs. I just tackled a little bit at a time and made my way around the whole office, and finally got to the point I can actually walk around again. It already feels a lot better.

The home office is next. I’ve made some progress there, too, but I’ve still got a little way to go. There’ll be some more shredding, some more bookshelf organizing, and then I’ll be just about done. Then I guess I owe you a picture.

On the plate for the rest of December? Time management. I’m not waiting for a New Year’s resolution to start, I need to get my ass in gear. I’ve got to deliver The Pack: Lie with the Dead and I’ve got two short stories due before February. I think a big help here will be ditching DirecTV, but most of it is just going to be me redeveloping good work habits. I’ve been sweating way too many things that are largely out of my control, and losing sight of the Big Picture of my writing career. Now that I’ve reined in a lot of that crap, my motivation is returning.

Speaking of motivation, good reviews don’t hurt. Check out what Musings of a Dark Intruder had to say about The Pack: Winter Kill. I can’t wait to hear what guys like Neal have to say about Lie with the Dead.

Guess I best get back to work on it.

About Mike Oliveri

Mike Oliveri is a writer, martial artist, cigar aficionado, motorcyclist, and family man, but not necessarily in that order. He is currently hard at work on the werewolf noir series The Pack for Evileye Books.

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