Is It Time To Clear Your Desktop?

Wendy Gladney
3 min readAug 14, 2023

Technology is not my lane. I always struggle with putting things in the right place on my computer. My former assistant would always tell me I need to set up folders to file things away and not have so many things saved on my desktop. I like having things where I can easily see them, but what I have learned is when I do not set up folders and file documents in their proper place, I get a crowded desktop. When my desktop is overloaded, it becomes difficult for me to really see things as clearly as I need to. I must make room for what really needs my attention. Everything does not belong on the surface to be seen as soon as you turn on your computer.

Just like with our computers, it is important for us to learn to file some things and some people in their proper place. We cannot keep everything on our active desktop or in the front of our life or else we will become overloaded and overwhelmed. We must make room to preserve our own sanity otherwise we will end up filing ourselves away and may accidentally delete our own file. If we stop and look at our lives, there is probably a lot we need to clear out to put our focus in the right place. I have taken time this summer to take inventory of my personal and professional desktops to see what needs to be cleared or filed in their proper place. I urge you to do the same.

Your life (and computer) may be so packed and crowded that you may not even know what needs to be filed and what should stay in the forefront. My recommendation is to start with what is taking up the most space in your life but really does not add value to what you are trying to accomplish. What are you holding on to that needs to be discarded or put in a file for another day so you can make room for what really is important? We can get caught up with the busyness of life and not take care of the business at hand. Oftentimes we gravitate to what we think is easy or what we can finish quickly, but it may not be what advances our goals and objectives.

I am a list person and sometimes I like the joy of crossing things off, I can get so caught up in taking care of the trivial things that may not matter, and by the end of the day, I may fail to focus on the items that will really advance me forward. I often get caught up with helping others and I do not even do the things that are best for Wendy. I have had to learn, sometimes even the hard way, to not file myself away at the price of pleasing others. Stop making yourself the last priority on your list. When we can do the things, we need to do for ourselves, it prepares us and allows us to be better situated to help others without sabotaging our own goals.

So, clear your desktop of all the things that just clog up the path of getting you where you need to go and doing the things you need to do. Stop majoring in the minors and start focusing on what is important. Your dreams can actually become goals that will materialize before your very eyes. Do not let yourself be marginalized and get your leftovers. Show up for what you know is really important for you and then you will be able to sow into others with a full cup. #CoachWendy #SeasonofGreatness

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Wendy Gladney

Coach, Consultant, Speaker & Author. Graduate of UCLA (Political Science). Ambassador of Forgiveness, Global Citizen. WendyGladney.com & Seasonofgreatness.com