A regular reader forwarded the opinion piece about efficiency that is shown below. It seemed relevant after my sad account of an unnamed person delaying and inconveniencing my important technical efforts, in the middle of complex electronics repairs, simply because that person thought bits and pieces, screws and screwdrivers, disks and drives ought not to be stored for days on the largest horizontal surface in the family dining area.
Sensitive to matters of proficiency, regular reader also knows the secret of effective work is to keep needed resources close at hand. In my career’s work, I was a piler, with a very organized hierarchical structure of piles. The importance of a document was signified by its position in the vertical axis of a particular pile. That which was atop the most urgent stack always got immediate attention. Similar to granular convection, old, less significant items of business work their way to the bottom while large ones rise to the top. Eventually, documents that stay near the bottom can be discarded without ever having been given direct attention. In fact, papers worthy of being ignored completely always found the bottom without even minimal handling.
I intend to someday publish a book about my document storage system. Right now, I’m missing the third and seventh chapters. They’re here somewhere though because I never lose anything important, permanently.