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It is 6.00am now in Singapore and this post was prepared yesterday so it can be posted by today. I am rushing off for a seminar now. Happy reading!
Do you have a work desk like this?
Whether it is our wardrobe or work desk, we tend to accumulate clutters in our lives. Clutters weigh us down and it will tend to clutter your mind too.
It gives a feeling that you are disorganized, like to procrastinate and have low productivity. First impression counts, so make sure your boss don’t ever see you in a cluttered desk. =)
My Work Desk
Consolation Prize: My desk is not as bad as the first work desk in this article.
This is my desk where I frequently do my work and yes, my blog. Before I was typing this post, my mind was cluttered and I was basically running out of space as my books seems to be crawling towards me slowly.
I do have a good filing system, so I do not have letters all over the place but the major problems are my books, magazines and newspaper. As you can see, I have stuffs that are not suppose to be on my work desk such as the medicines and last week newspapers. Behind the stacks of books are my stacks of Newsweek and Reader’s Digest magazines. I love to read and prefer to have my books near me so I can grab them whenever I need the new amount of information but I think it is time to do something about it before they cover my whole work desk.
**If you are observant, you can see that my calendar is still on Oct 08 (It is November now Vincent!), but if you had not noticed it, stay unnoticed. *wink
The work desk seems to be a lot better now. I had left all the books that were previously on my desk into my bookshelf and only left my notebooks and one book that I am currently reading on the table. You can have a sneak peak at my vision board near the top of the picture, so whenever I look up I am constantly reminded of my goals and dreams. The magazines and newspaper that were overdue were dumped and some were kept in view as I am interested in some information in it and yes yes, I did not forget about it, I had flipped the calendar to November. *smile
7 Ways to Remove the Clutters On Your Desk
1. Throw everything that you don’t need
Do you still have your last week newspaper or the scrap paper that was meant to be in the waste paper basket on the table? Clear everything that you don’t need into the rubbish bin and see the amount of useless items that you had accumulated.
2. Clean up
I can see a thick layer of dust on my work desk that was hidden by my books. So remember to clean up and see how clean your work desk can be. It feels great too, trust me.
3. Have a filing system
Do you have letters or receipts that seems to magically multiply on your table? (When do they have a breeding system?) Have a filing system and keep those things that you need to KIV and allocate a time in the day to clear those items.
4. Leave only things that you need on the table
Simple as it is. Don’t leave your overdue magazines, your 3 years old to do list or multiple pens on the table. Will you really go back to complete your 3 years old to do list or use 10 pens at the same time?
5. Have specific drawers
Have specific drawers that stores similar items. It will be easier for you to find the stuff you want when you need it and it also helps to keep things off the table.
6. Have a system for papers
Have an inbox that deals with reports that you need to read or sign by today and an outbox that you will transfer your papers to once you are done with it. Remember to clear the outbox regularly too.
7. Have a routine.
Make a commitment to clean up your desk or your room every once a week because the clutters tend to come back again and again. By having a routine to clean up every week, you can keep the clutters at bay and have optimal productivity.
Enjoy your cleaning everyone!
Personal Development Blogger
**P.S** How about you? Do you have a nice and clean work desk that is optimal for your productivity or a work desk that is cluttered with things that you don’t need? Share with us about how your work desk looks or the ridiculous things (Exp: To do list items that should be done in 3 years before) that you found while cleaning up your desk. Share with us in the comment section and happy sharing!