Most mornings, I start my day by fartin’ around the studio, tweaking my workspace.
I move tables, adjust shelves, or rearrange equipment. I put something on wheels. I love things on wheels. More often than not, though, it’s small stuff. I might label a box of office supplies or find a new place to hang towels. Whatever it is, I fiddle with it until it’s “just right.” This is usually how I start my day.
I used to think this was a bad thing. There’s always a ton of work to do and I’m engaged in some pretty OCD behavior nearly every morning. That can’t be good. In fact, to track exactly how much time I spend fartin’ around, I downloaded an app (how millennial). It turns out, I spend about a sixth of my day putting things on wheels. That’s probably a bit much. Pretty soon, the cat will be on wheels.
Eventually, though, I changed my mind. I came to accept what I was doing. Writing about it helped – the early drafts for this blog post were much longer (I analyzed the shit out of what I was doing). In the end, I figured as long as it doesn’t get out of hand, it’s ok. Besides, the upside to all of this putzing around is an increasingly tack-sharp, kick-ass, efficient workspace. That’s a good thing.
It helps to know I’m not alone. Prepping for this post, I remembered Casey Neistat and his uber-organized New York studio. This video tour of his space is incredible. The electrical cords, meticulously arranged, made me cry. We must be brothers from another mother. I’m just jealous he has interns doing his grunt work. I couldn’t imagine subjecting anyone else to my particular brand of OCD, though. That’s just cruel.
Neistat argues that spending the time now to customize saves time later. Though that may be true, I suspect the real draw here, at least for me, is simply the illusion of control. Let’s be honest; if I can’t control the weather, if I can’t control the market or my sales, at least I know where my favorite sponge is.