You know it’s time to de-clutter your desk when there’s not even enough room on it for your morning coffee. And what about under your desk? Does it look like a snake pit of cables and wires? It’s not easy to work when you have to shovel past papers to get to your keyboard. Thankfully, there are simple methods to both reduce the clutter atop your desk and remove the sprawl of computer cables and wires under it.
- Tackle the wires – You can arrange your wires a couple easy ways. One is highly affordable, just use binder clips and clip the wires together. Another, higher priced option, is to buy a wireless charging pad, often called a powermat. These devices allow you to charge your wireless mouse, keyboard, and devices just by laying them on it. This way you can get rid of all of the cords you require for either charging devices or connecting them to your computer.
- Reduce desktop clutter – The simplest way to reduce this mess is to rely less on paper. With so much business communication taking place through email, there’s less reason than ever to clutter your desk with printed memos and messages. Abstain, too, from printing out news stories, time sheets, and other business communication. The more paperwork that you store digitally, the less paperwork you will need to spread across your desktop. For those papers that you utterly must have, store them in binders or file cabinets and store them at the earliest opportunity.
- Throw things away – This may be the most self-evident one but it’s amazing how quickly sticky notes and other scraps of paper can build up. If you’re finished with a note you wrote yourself, or a printout from a meeting, just throw it away. If you will need it later, then file it in the appropriate place. The faster you get these things off your desk, the more productive you will be. Often visual chaos can lead us to feel like we have more challenging tasks ahead of us than may be the case.