Eliminating Items From Your Desk by Meggin McIntosh, PhD

By meggin@meggin.com
In General
Oct 14th, 2013

Wastepaper basketTo be able to work productively at your desk (or other workspace), you need to have easy access to those items you need…and that means getting rid of those items that you don’t. Consider these items to eliminate:

  1. Things you used to like but don’t anymore.
  2. Desk “accessories” that aren’t. You accessorize your clothes, not your desk.
  3. Excess anything (paper, sticky notes, paperclips, coffee cups).
  4. Piles (of anything).
  5. Pantyhose (maybe one pair for an emergency).
  6. Food in large quantities (or with an expiration date in the 20th century).
  7. Makeup, lotion, chapstick, etc. that has become a hazardous material.
  8. Knick-knacks.
  9. MULTIPLE pictures.
  10. Anything that distracts from your overall productivity.

Remember: Your desk is a place where you do your work. Anything that distracts you from that work or that clutters your space (and thus your mind), must be eliminated from this productive space.

And if you liked these tips you may be interested in the Get a Plan! Guide® to Ridding Your Workspace of Clutter part of the Get a Plan! Guides® series designed to give you the ideas and inspiration to do your work easier, faster, and in a more focused fashion.