Organizing Your Desktop

Choose your desktop accessories carefully. Their purpose is to organize frequently used items and files and to allow easy access to everything from your seat.

If you deal with alot of paperwork, you may need desktop file holders. If you are a designer, you may require a section dedicated to drawing tools. If you normally have multiple projects going on at once, you may need a system that keeps project materials together yet separate from everything else. Whatever your needs are, find the desktop organizer that will fit you.

Do one project at a time. Clear off your desk before you start a project and clean it all up before you go home. When your project is complete, gather all the materials and keep them together in a dedicated file or in a project case.

Do you have projects or work assignments that need to be spread out over a large area? You may want to consider a large bulletin board or dry-erase board to mount project pages to. The dry-erase board can pull double duty by providing a surface for you to make lists or draw out plans and flow-charts.

If a lot of paperwork crosses your desk everyday, consider stacking trays for “hot” papers, “to-do” items, specific projects, etc. Use as many of these trays as needed but try not to be too specific with your categories. If you have too many files to look through, you’ll get just as frustrated as you did with a desk piled with loose papers. Label your trays so you can find things quickly.

Keep active files immediately accessible so you can reach them without ever having to leave your seat. Desktop file holders come in many styles so choose one that fits with the layout of your desk. You should be able to grab a file with one hand without having to fumble with lids or latches.

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