Organizing Information


Success at Work : Techniques : A Cluttered Desk


I followed my boss to a co-worker's cubicle where my boss requested a certain document from the co-worker. The actual surface of the co-workers desk was not visible because it was covered with a cluttered pile of papers, catalogs, booklets, and other paraphernalia. I was prepared to see my co-worker embarass himself by not being able to locate the requested document in that messy pile.

Some people mistakenly think having a cluttered desk will trick their boss into thinking they are keeping busy. Instead, a cluttered desk makes your boss think the following:

  • You are disorganized

  • You are a procastinator

  • you have poor time management skills

  • you have low productivity

  • You have lost control

My co-worker pushed his hand down into that cluttered mess and, to my amazement, instantly produced the requested document. Apparently this guy had a mental map of the location of every item in the seemly disorganized pile on his desk. Maybe we misjudge people that keep a cluttered desk.

People think that a worker with a messy desk does messy work. Misjudgment or not, if you have a messy desk, your boss might not want to risk giving you an important assignment. You will get only low profile, boring grunt jobs. Fair or not, that's the way it is.

Things that clutter a desk:

  • Pictures of family, pets, etc.

  • Trinkets, plants, figurines, signs

  • Food, cups, bowls, silverware, wrappers, crumbs

I'm not saying that you can't have any personal items on your desk. Displaying a family photograph gives the impression of a stable, reliable individual, but too many photograph's on your desk sends the message that you would rather be somewhere else. A plant on your desk can make your cubicle seem less harsh, but too many plants makes people think that your hobby is taking over your cubicle.

Yes, it requires a little extra time and work up front to get organized, but in the long run, you'll make up that time. After you get organized, you'll work less to be more productive, and your work will much less stressful. One way to keep your desk neat is to block off 30 minutes each morning to organize your desk. Divide things into three categories:

  • Things to take care of now

  • Things you will deal with later

  • Things to file away for reference

Then utilize the following organizing tools:

  • notebooks

  • file folders

  • boxes

  • drawers

  • cabinets

  • briefcase

Use these organizing tools to create a place for every item on your desk. Everything should have a place, and everything should be in its place. Your desktop is the place for only one thing, the one thing you are working on this instant. The most important organizing tool is the one listed below:

  • trash can

Some people hang on to things forever because they think they may need it at some time in the future. Study the item you are hanging on to. What are the odds that you will need it some time in the future? None to zero? In the slim chance that you do need it in the future, is there some other source for it?

Some people keep things related to active assignments on their desk so they won't forget about what needs to be done. Instead, keep a prioritized task list. A prioritized task list is great for workers who constantly get interrupted. If the interruption is your boss, show them your prioritized task list and ask where the new assignment fits in. If the interruption is not your boss, show them your prioritized task list and tell them you'll check with your boss as to where their chore fits into list.

The reality is that some people are never going to get organized. They believe that any other activity has a higher priority than organizing. The story about my co-worker indicates that being disorganized is not a reliable indicator of a deficient employee. But if you have a cluttered desk, that's how you will be perceived. If you can't use the tools described above (boxes, drawers, cabinates, etc.) to organize your cluttered desk, then at least use them to hide the clutter.

Copyright(C) 2004 Bucaro TecHelp.

Permission is granted for the below article to forward, reprint, distribute, use for ezine, newsletter, website, offer as free bonus or part of a product for sale as long as no changes are made and the byline, copyright, and the resource box below is included.

About The Author

Stephen Bucaro

To learn how to maintain your computer and use it more effectively to design a Web site and make money on the Web visit bucarotechelp.com. To subscribe to Bucaro TecHelp Newsletter visit http://bucarotechelp.com/search/000800.asp


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Scuttlebutt Sailing News

Organizing the Events and Presentation
Scuttlebutt Sailing News
It is important for World Sailing, event organizers, classes, and our member nations to get their arms around it. From the beginning of the World Cup, it was sort of, you can say, imposed on an existing event schedule and that has created a lot of ...



CBN News

Who's Organizing the Massive Caravan on Track to Hit the US Border, Just in Time for the Election?
CBN News
Thousands of Central Americans broke through Mexico's border with Guatemala this weekend, pushing past Mexican border police in their quest to reach the United States. The migrant caravan has increased to more than 5,000 people with some estimates ...
Phoenix activist arrested in southern Mexico while participating in migrant caravanAZCentral.com

all 6,318 news articles »


PRI

Saudi suspected of organizing killing of Khashoggi has close ties the crown prince
PRI
He ran social media for Saudi Arabia's crown prince. He masterminded the arrest of hundreds of his country's elite. He detained a Lebanese prime minister. And, according to two intelligence sources, he ran journalist Jamal Khashoggi's brutal killing at ...

and more »


Watch These Celebrity Closet Organizers Satisfyingly Declutter 1200+ Beauty Products
ELLE.com
When celebrities are in need of a serious decluttering intervention, they call The Home Edit. The Los Angeles and Nashville-based professional organizing team, led by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin, have used their Midas touch on the Kardashian-West ...



TIME

How the Anti-Trump Resistance Is Organizing Its Outrage
TIME
Suburban moms are knocking on doors in North Carolina battlegrounds; racial-justice organizers in Georgia are mobilizing black voters in churches and restaurants; college students in Pennsylvania are using social media to reach new voters. In Texas ...



Celebrity Baby Scoop

5 Tips to Organizing Your Home Before a Visit from Family
Celebrity Baby Scoop
The order in which to organize your house is very important in making your work easier and faster. Starting with your storage space ensures that you have room to keep the things that are less important when you're organizing the other rooms. After ...



Salon

Social responsibility has to be an organizing principle of big tech, not just cheap talk
Salon
The distinguished British writer and scientist C.P. Snow said it best: “Technology is a queer thing; it brings you great gifts with one hand and stabs you in the back with the other.” There is no question that technology has made our lives incomparably ...

and more »


San Angelo Standard Times

Sonora residents organizing to rebuild after devastating flood
San Angelo Standard Times
SONORA — Weeks after a devastating flood swept through town, Sonora residents remain in need of resources to rebuild. Severe weather and flooding Sept. 21, 2018caused widespread and severe property damage. The tally sits at 15 businesses, 254 ...



WomansDay.com (blog)

All the Winners From the Cleaning and Organizing Great Value Awards 2018
WomansDay.com (blog)
The secret to effective cleaning lies in the quality of your products. With hundreds of options out there, you want to be sure that you're using the best of the best. With these editor-picked, reader-tested products, your home will be spotless in no ...



YourCentralValley.com

Organizing on a budget
YourCentralValley.com
FRESNO, CALIF - Our expert organizer takes a trip to the dollar store to find great ways to organize everything from your bathroom to your kitchen. Copyright 2018 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published ...


Google News

home | site map
© 2007