I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions. This was because in the past I tended to over reach and never followed through on the resolution. These days I tend to make changes when I find a change is needed. Sometimes it takes something happening to force the change.
Take this morning for example. Doing some paperwork and I reach for a pen to sign something. Like many people my pen container resembles something like this.
A whole mix of assorted pens, highlighters and other things all jammed in. Reach for one pen, it doesn’t work, reach for a second one; the same result. Finally on the third attempt I get a working pen. I put that pen back and am about to put the other two back when I stop. Why am I putting two pens back that don’t work?
These two pens were freebies either obtained at a conference or a trade show, and one of them had no way to open it. So I made the conscious effort to throw them out. I will try to keep this in mind in future as I bet a good portion of these pens do not work any more. In addition this will help in a small way with the clutter and another step to a more productive workspace.
I do have a few favorite pens and for those that don’t work right away I’ll try some of the tips given in Wiki How’s tips on how to restart a dry ball point pen. For those I will throw out and have a small spring, this tip on keeping your charger cable from fraying is genius.