Is it clean? Or is it covered with papers? Maybe piles of papers would be a more accurate description.
A cluttered desk does not promote productivity. In fact, it can cause anxiety, feelings of overwhelm, or procrastination.
How do I know this? Because that’s how I feel when my desk gets messy.
Getting a bigger desk or more counter space is not a solution either.
I just read an article that addressed this very thing.
The ABC Method of Keeping Your Workspace gives some tips to Always Be Cleaning (ABC):
- Put Things in Their Place
- Throw Things Out
- Don’t Leave a Mess for Later
- Have a Chore List
- Eat Those Elephants
- Designate Clean Zones
- Always Be Cleaning
Don’t let your desk get so cluttered that you develop a negative attitude or feel overwhelmed by the amount of work that it misrepresents.
Stay on top of things by spending 15 minutes at the end of your day to clean up and put things away.
Your productivity will thank you.