Have you ever started a new job and “inherited” a desk and its previous owner’s organizational system? It’s like wearing someone else’s glasses. Maybe you can get by for a bit, but then you get a really bad headache.
When you start a new job, there’s lots to learn. Organizing your desk may not be a high priority at first, but the sooner you organize for YOU, the more efficient you’ll become.
Your desk is your command central. You want your desk to be organized according to the way YOU think and work.
Ask yourself these questions as you “put your own stamp” on your new desk organizing system :
- What do I absolutely need on the top of the desk? Get rid of everything else.
- Where do I always go to look for x? Put things where YOU naturally look for them.
- Do the things in my desk drawers deserve this prime real estate? If you don’t use it at least once a week, evict it.
- What files do I use the most? Put them in easy reach.
- Are my files labeled so I can find them? Relabel with descriptions that make sense to YOU.
- What items/files do I use together? Put them next to each other.