I’ve been working on organizing my bookshelves these past few weeks. I’ve successfully purged duplicates, books that I’ve read but am unlikely to read again, and books that just “aren’t my thing.” I’m very pleased to say that all my fiction is now shelved alpha by author – no more piles of novels lining the walls!
There is, however, that matter of non-fiction (still lining the walls, like an extra layer of insulation). They’ve been roughly grouped by subject, but it may be time to pull out the big guns and arrange them according to Dewey. Yes, complete with labels. I’m a geek – so, sue me!
As I was grappling with sorting fiction from non, one particular mis-filed book literally fell at my feet. I opened up Julie Morgenstern’s When Organizing Isn’t Enough to find this message on page 128:
Here are a few examples of how to say no successfully to some common schedule fillers:
- I’d love to, but I’m not taking on any new projects until my current ones are complete.
- I have a previous commitment. Thanks for thinking of me, though.
- That’s just not on my focus this year.
- This year, I’m focusing all my energies on family activities
- I’m really flattered you think I’m the right person to handle the job. But I couldn’t give it the level of attention that it really deserves at this point in my life.
- I’d love to have you visit, but I’m so up to my ears at the moment I just wouldn’t feel good about the quality of time I could give you. And that would make the visit less enjoyable for me.
So, if you ever hear these words (or similar) coming out of my mouth in response to a request, please don’t take it personally. It’s not me talking, it’s the book!
How about you – Are you one who can’t stop your hand from rising when you hear the words “we need a volunteer …”? How are your non-fiction shelves arranged? And … has a book ever crossed your path just when you need it most?