If I die and go to hell, I am sure this is what it will look like.

I do not know the original source of this photo, but I was on one of those websites with scary pictures of Home Offices. I think I take a peek at shows like Hoarders just to scare me into getting my act together once in awhile.

But this pic really freaked me out when I realized whoever the unfortunate soul is who lives in this squalor, it’s a cartoonist.


I am going to print this out and make myself look at it until I get through that pile of papers on my desk.

Very sad situation, and far beyond the point of mere “messy desk”. Hope whoever it was got their life sorted out.

In the meantime, here are a few of my previous posts on organizing your studio and home office. I cannot stress enough the importance of time management for the self employed creator. It is very easy to fall into bad habits when you work alone.

Get Organized.

Worse yet, for the freelancer every bit of that time is MONEY, because we only get paid for what we actually produce! If we are losing an hour every day to clutter, we lose a real hour every single day of productivity! Over the course of one week, that’s an entire page of art or 52 pages of art EVERY SINGLE YEAR! Half a graphic novel! Three issues of a comics series!

Time Management Tips:
Links to my series on getting it together.

If there is one thing that creators know how to do, it’s waste time. We’re masters of procrastination. Freelancers working at home can imagine a thousand ways to sink minutes and hours and not accomplish much of anything and still make it to the end of the day feeling like they’ve done their bit of work. It’s easy to delude ourselves since we usually live and work at home alone and there is no boss standing over us cracking the whip.

A Messy Desk is a Sign of…
This is one of my most popular posts. I suspect people who don’t want to clean up their messy desks want reinforcement for their bad habit, and justify it by convincing themselves a messy desk is a sign of genius. It can also be a sign of a messy desk.

Years ago McClellan offered a motivational theory that suggested people with clean desks and grip and grin photos were motivated by power; people with messy desks/offices were motivated by achievement; people with toys and family photos were motivated by affiliation. The theory went on to suggest that each of us is motived by all 3 factors in varying degrees.

Need serious help?

Contact the National Association of Professional Organizers.
I took classes with a pro organizer once, and it made a world of difference for me. Check them out!