Spring Cleaning – Get That Desk Organised!

How often does your desk or workspace get just too messy and you decide you have to clean it up?

Make your life easier, keep that desk tidy, and you more energisedNow we’re really getting towards Spring maybe this is as good a time as any to do it. Here’s a good way to get your desk back in shape without spending an entire day working on it.

• Start with the big stuff — books and large reports. These shouldn’t be on your desk anyway. They should be in drawers or on shelves. If you don’t have a proper place for them now, get one. Apart from ordering a new bookshelf, this should take you just five minutes.

• Sort everything on the desk into three piles: (1) Must Be Done Today, (2) Important but Not Urgent, and (3) Not So Important. The Not-So-Important pile should be the largest. If you move quickly, this sorting process should take no more than 15 minutes.

• Go through pile No. 3 with the goal of eliminating 80% of it. Keep the waste bin handy. If you haven’t got to it in the past 60 days, it’s ready for the bin. Delegate whatever you can, but get rid of most of it. What remains should be important stuff only. Transfer that back to pile No. 2.

• Go through pile No. 2. Put a date on top of every item – one that gives you a realistic time frame for taking care of it. Put each piece in your calendar file. Do this until pile No. 2 disappears. This will take about a half-hour.

• Now you are left with pile No. 1 — the stuff you must do that day. You will probably be eager to get to that file at this point. But don’t let yourself do it. Not until you’ve tidied up the rest of your desk – dusted, arranged, adjusted the plants, etc.

And you end up with a super clean and tidy desk with prioritised work, which you should then be able to whizz through 😉


  1. Bettie Mullins says:

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    I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had trouble clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the
    first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin.
    Any suggestions or hints? Thank you!

  2. thanks for share

  3. Many people are working on several projects at the same time (or almost the same time). Creative types feel the need to have inspiration surrounding them. Detail-oriented individuals need volumes of reference material close at hand. Some people feel the piles of work make them look busy and, thus, keep them safer in times of layoffs. Others feel a clean desk shows how efficient they are at getting the work done. What is important is to do what works for you.

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