This is the first post I’m writing as a direct result of a writing prompt, just like I mentioned in my last post.
In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Sweeping Motions.”
To save you a click, the prompt is:
“What’s messier right now — your bedroom or you computer’s desktop (or your favorite device’s home screen)? Tell us how and why it got to that state.”
What’s messier? Definitely my desk. I think I’m an organized person, but for the life of me, I can’t seem to keep my desk or room clean. I know where my things are, but they’re all strewn about. Take a look.
If you think my table’s bad, take a look at my side of the room (I share a room with my brother).
Yeap. My place is barely organized. I don’t think organized is even the right word. Hmm… probably something more like… “functional”. Yes. My place is functional. Like I said, I know where things are if I need them, but I probably don’t need half these things. I really should throw out or donate a lot of my stuff. I guess part of the reason why I haven’t done so is because I’m lazy, and I treat this as a temporary situation.
See, whenever I envision getting my own place in the future, be it a house or just a room, I see it extremely neat and fully organized, nearly OCD-like. A place for everything and everything in it’s place, constantly “updating” my room, getting rid of stuff I don’t use, never having more than I need, and systems to replace consumables. Sort of the way I treat all my virtual items.
If my physical space is untidy, my computer data is anything but. Just take a look at my desktop.
Ahh… I always feel so peaceful when I start up my laptop and see my streamlined and clutter-free desktop, not to mention the awesome wallpaper of my idol. I use all the icons there on a regular or semi-regular basis, and they’re all organized by their location.
Upper left is for general tools, like the recycle bin, video and audio editor. Bottom left is my work tools, for programming. Sublime is my editor of choice, because it supports multiple languages and changes the colour of keywords. Very useful. Xampp is my local server to help me test web pages I build. Git Bash is my access to Github, an online version control service. And Putty. Hmm. Actually I forgot what Putty is. A simulator I think? I guess I’m not as organized as I said I was XD
The upper right corner is for my games and game services: Magic, Dota and Hearthstone. Nothing else. I haven’t actually used any of my MTG software recently, come to think of it… Anyway, my bottom left corner is for random files and folders I want to temporarily store before either deleting or moving to a permanent location.
If you look at it, my whole left side consists of tools, and my whole right side is for entertainment. Fitting, as far as left-brain/right-brain stuff goes, don’t you think?
And if my desktop is organized, the apps on my phone definitely show my ultimate OCD side.
Every icon is classified in a folder (except the Singtel Menu, I’ll get to that). All the folders are arranged in alphabetical order. Even my icons in the folders are arranged in alphabetical order.
Every. Single. One.
The Singtel Menu app icon is outside because it never stays in a folder. Every time I power down my phone and restart it, the icon pops right out of whatever folder I put it in. Eventually, I got annoyed and didn’t bother with it anymore. I never use it and I have no idea what it’s for. And frankly, I don’t care.
If I take a step back and look at everything, I guess I can see why I’m organized in some areas and messy in others. I bought my laptop and mobile phone on my own, with my own money (okay, Dad subsidized my laptop), so I exert full control over those objects.
On the flip side, I was given my desk and room, i.e. I didn’t control them, so I don’t feel as strong a sense of ownership over them as I do for my laptop and phone.
Note: Wow. That was a really good prompt. I had a lot to say, pictures to show and I even finished this whole post (including taking of pictures and doing a once-over for mistakes) in half an hour, just in time for me to leave for my next event. This was a really good idea.