Swag up for grabs…

January 22, 2008

My eating habits are a giveaway that I’ve returned for another semester of classes at SU. The contents of my minivan tell part of the story…Mc (killing-me-one-dollar-at-a-time) Donald’s wrappers, Starbucks cups, and empty Diet Pepsi bottles litter the floor. I’m a messy, over-caffeinated student.

There’s also the debris associated with being a messy Mom – various mismatched kids socks, miscellaneous sports equipment (some out of season), water bottles, junk mail, half-empty sports drinks, school papers, receipts, DVDs, and cords galore. As you can imagine I’m in the running for the “Not Mother of the Year” award.

My home office is in a similar state. The five of us that make up the Clarey family are set up temporarily in a rental house while we wait to close on our new house after selling our prior home over a month ago. Chaos! And look at that wallpaper (photo below)!

What does this have to do with corporate training? I’m so glad you asked!

Look around your desk. Chaos? Can you relate? Are you a messy learning professional? If so, I salute your discarded binders, old books, dusty magnets, coffee & soda cups, half-finished courses, and other signs of chaos. Share your messy self! Send me a photo and/or inventory. The best mess gets some Brandon Hall Research swag. That, and my sincere gratitude for making me feel like less of a slob.

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  • http://in-the-middle-of-the-curve.blogspot.com/ Wendy

    I would share, but my desk is currently unusually clean – partially a result of starting a new job over a holiday. Ask me in another month – I should have it to a respectable level of chaos by then.

    BTW – the moving boxes are a nice touch…. :’ )

  • http://in-the-middle-of-the-curve.blogspot.com/ Wendy

    I would share, but my desk is currently unusually clean – partially a result of starting a new job over a holiday. Ask me in another month – I should have it to a respectable level of chaos by then.

    BTW – the moving boxes are a nice touch…. :’ )

  • http://technotuesday.edublogs.org/ Cathy Nelson

    I would send a pix but who knows where that camera is!! Confession–when my office desk gets to cluttered, i go out into the library and use a student table! That student table does hold me accountable though, as i don’t leave confidential files, money, food, or other clutter out there! Best—its away from the phone.

  • http://technotuesday.edublogs.org Cathy Nelson

    I would send a pix but who knows where that camera is!! Confession–when my office desk gets to cluttered, i go out into the library and use a student table! That student table does hold me accountable though, as i don’t leave confidential files, money, food, or other clutter out there! Best—its away from the phone.

  • Maria Hlas

    Yeehaw – I’m glad that’s not me. I would have to be popping valium to get through that. I am at the opposite end of the spectrum – I am a self-confessed neat freak. Some people envy my neatness but like a lot of things, your greatest strength can also be a weakness. Do you occasionally lose things due to disorganization? Well I have thrown things away that I needed in a fit of cleaning! So I will not be sending a picture of my desk – some people might be jealous but most people would probably think I spend waaaaay too much time on neatness and organization. Too funny. But it might be fun to mess it up just to get some nifty Brandon-Hall stuff. Oh who am I kidding, I could never do that ;-0

  • Maria Hlas

    Yeehaw – I’m glad that’s not me. I would have to be popping valium to get through that. I am at the opposite end of the spectrum – I am a self-confessed neat freak. Some people envy my neatness but like a lot of things, your greatest strength can also be a weakness. Do you occasionally lose things due to disorganization? Well I have thrown things away that I needed in a fit of cleaning! So I will not be sending a picture of my desk – some people might be jealous but most people would probably think I spend waaaaay too much time on neatness and organization. Too funny. But it might be fun to mess it up just to get some nifty Brandon-Hall stuff. Oh who am I kidding, I could never do that ;-0

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Wendy’s just warming up!

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    Wendy’s just warming up!

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    I can relate Cathy. I used to move into a conference room at times just to get away from it all. “It” of course was my own self-created chaos. There used to be a lame-o wedding shower game where you won a prize for having stuff in your purse. A scavenger hunt of sorts. Sounds like you could win the office version. I probably could have heated up food with my portable heater…always had extra shoes, socks, food. Better than a bomb shelter. Forget the basement…I’m going to my desk.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    I can relate Cathy. I used to move into a conference room at times just to get away from it all. “It” of course was my own self-created chaos. There used to be a lame-o wedding shower game where you won a prize for having stuff in your purse. A scavenger hunt of sorts. Sounds like you could win the office version. I probably could have heated up food with my portable heater…always had extra shoes, socks, food. Better than a bomb shelter. Forget the basement…I’m going to my desk.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Ha! Maria.
    I’m the one who sneaks by your tidy desk and rearranges your push pins just to freak you out.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    Ha! Maria.
    I’m the one who sneaks by your tidy desk and rearranges your push pins just to freak you out.

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com/ Dave Ferguson

    You have me thinking of my desktop as a mood ring.

    If I have more than 90% DTV (desktop visibility), meaning I see almost all the birch veneer not covered by infrastructure like lamps or peripherals, I’m in a tranquil mood. Usually that means the last assignment is done, and while I don’t have a new one yet, the final check is on its way.

    DTV etween 50% and 90% means my work head is in a good place. I may have “in progress” piles, but at the end of the workday I nudge them back into their cages, often stopping just before a logical endpoint to help myself quick-start the next day.

    A DTV below 30% is usually a sign that I’m confused, frustrated, or panicky. If the phone rings, I can’t find a notepad. I can find a pen through the patdown method, bouncing my hands on top of piles till I sense an odder-that-usual shape.

    When DTV drops below 10%, I might as well shift my work to gate B37 at the Dulles midfield terminal.

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com Dave Ferguson

    You have me thinking of my desktop as a mood ring.

    If I have more than 90% DTV (desktop visibility), meaning I see almost all the birch veneer not covered by infrastructure like lamps or peripherals, I’m in a tranquil mood. Usually that means the last assignment is done, and while I don’t have a new one yet, the final check is on its way.

    DTV etween 50% and 90% means my work head is in a good place. I may have “in progress” piles, but at the end of the workday I nudge them back into their cages, often stopping just before a logical endpoint to help myself quick-start the next day.

    A DTV below 30% is usually a sign that I’m confused, frustrated, or panicky. If the phone rings, I can’t find a notepad. I can find a pen through the patdown method, bouncing my hands on top of piles till I sense an odder-that-usual shape.

    When DTV drops below 10%, I might as well shift my work to gate B37 at the Dulles midfield terminal.

  • Maria Hlas

    I see Janet, so you are one of THOSE people. Well, that figures – ha, ha!

    And Dave’s post is hilarious. I would agree with the 50% to 90% “desk top mood.” Honestly, that is usually where I am too. But, here is where I differ. Although it is true that if I am bored or not as busy I will have a neat desk, but if I am stressed out, I actually get into ultra-cleaning mode. I clean and organize to relieve stress. I realize this probably signals some borderline mental disorder, but I have managed to make it work for me! And I do not blame my parents or some horrible childhood living in squalor. I always was clean and neat – if I got bored when I young, I would clean the house. Needless to say I was my mother’s favorite. She could leave a messy house and come home to a spotless one without even asking. And no, I cannot be adopted by anyone 😉

  • Maria Hlas

    I see Janet, so you are one of THOSE people. Well, that figures – ha, ha!

    And Dave’s post is hilarious. I would agree with the 50% to 90% “desk top mood.” Honestly, that is usually where I am too. But, here is where I differ. Although it is true that if I am bored or not as busy I will have a neat desk, but if I am stressed out, I actually get into ultra-cleaning mode. I clean and organize to relieve stress. I realize this probably signals some borderline mental disorder, but I have managed to make it work for me! And I do not blame my parents or some horrible childhood living in squalor. I always was clean and neat – if I got bored when I young, I would clean the house. Needless to say I was my mother’s favorite. She could leave a messy house and come home to a spotless one without even asking. And no, I cannot be adopted by anyone 😉

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    Dave you’re killing me. I like the DTV-to-mood indicator. I believe I am circling JFK right now looking for a landing spot.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    Dave you’re killing me. I like the DTV-to-mood indicator. I believe I am circling JFK right now looking for a landing spot.

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com/ Dave Ferguson

    You can think it’s funny if you like. I’m on the road at the moment, but I know the home DTV is at 25%…

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com Dave Ferguson

    You can think it’s funny if you like. I’m on the road at the moment, but I know the home DTV is at 25%…

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com/ Dave Ferguson

    Hey — who won the swag?

  • http://www.daveswhiteboard.com Dave Ferguson

    Hey — who won the swag?

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com/ Janet Clarey

    still have a picture I’m waiting for. Will most likely put it up for vote…stay tuned.

  • http://www.brandon-hall.com Janet Clarey

    still have a picture I’m waiting for. Will most likely put it up for vote…stay tuned.

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