Some people pride themselves on a clean desk, while others refuse to tidy up, claiming it to be "organised chaos". The truth is, a messy desk is detrimental to your health. “Desktop clutter is a powerful source of low-grade stress that subtly yet steadily drains your energy,” says Jolyn Chua, founder of organising company OCD Services. “It’s a visual reminder of how much work you have.” She offers three tips on how to reduce clutter for a sanguine environment.
1. CREATE A FILING SYSTEM THAT’S WITHIN YOUR REACH
Ideally, filing folders sit on your desk within comfortable reach without you leaving your seat. Categorise and label folders appropriately starting with broad categories. Sub-categorising within those folders helps reduce the number of folders you need, keeping the system simple.
2. DOMINANT-HAND APPROACH
To maximise efficiency, items that you need regular access to such as the telephone and pen holder should be placed alongside your dominant hand. Items like your water bottle or mug can be placed the farthest as this will allow your eyes and mind to take a break when you reach for a sip.
3. HAVE A DESIGNATED CORNER FOR IDEAS OR REMINDERS
This works best as a pin-up board/ whiteboard placed in line with your sight. This way, what you have to think about will neither get lost nor forgotten. Best to write these notes down as soon as you can too; it’s easy to be distracted by a sudden phonecall or urgent meeting.