Get These Items Off Your Desk Now

If clutter is hurting your productivity, it's time to get organized. Here's how.
Getting Small Businesses Unstuck, Shafran Moltz Group
March 21, 2013 Your office is a mess, and it is hurting your productivity. Stephanie Vozza of reports that Jennifer Hofmann of Inspired Home Office, an organization consulting company, says that "tools that are used less than once a month should be put in a drawer or cabinet [since] they're taking up precious space that could be used for things you use every day or things that inspire you." She also suggests getting rid of cords that clutter the area (use wirelessly connected devices instead) and large to-do piles that make you feel guilty rather than serve as reminders.

Here are some additional items you need to get off your desk:

1. Customer paper files. These should be in drawers and pulled out when they are needed so you are not thinking about that client when working on something else.
2. Bills. A pile of bills may be motivating for some, but they typically remind most others of immediate obligations that disrupt their workflow.
3. Old coffee cups or leftovers. Not only are they a distraction, but they may even smell. 

Here is what should be on your desk:

1. Pictures. They will make you feel inspired. Many people use photos of their family or a favorite trip.
2. A computer monitor at eye level. This is where a healthy work posture starts.
3. Scrap paper for random notes. This is useful if you do not record notes using an computer-based system like Evernote.

Is it time to clear your desk? What do you plan to get rid of?

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Getting Small Businesses Unstuck, Shafran Moltz Group