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Today, in honor of our messy desks, we are celebrating Clean Off Your Desk Day. Now I'm sure that I am the only one with a messy desk, but just in case you'd like to read this, and share it with a friend, here are a few tips I picked up around the web on how to celebrate Clean Off Your Desk Day.
Make sure you have a place for everything and everything has it's place.
We've all probably heard this before, and with good reason, when everything has a place, it's much easier to put it up. Not more probable, but, much easier. Unfortunately my place for everything, seems to be on top of my desk.
I like this idea. I think the intent was to use them to neatly store all your office supplies, but I find drawers quite helpful when I need a quick desk clean-up to clear my mind.
Keep a blank folder nearby.
The idea of having a stack of file folders nearby, so I could file something quickly, has worked well for clearing my desk, but not so much for my file cabinet. I wonder if there is a Clean Out Your File Cabinet Day?
Throw more away.
I recently discovered how freeing this can be. When I first used this technique I used to shred everything before throwing it away. But I found that to be problematic since I'd sometimes shred it before I was completely finished with it. Now, I have a to be shredded box, so I can double check my papers before shredding.
Clean your desk everyday.
I love this idea. I do it everyday, except the days when I have to rush off and leave something unfinished, which happens to be most days, so I guess I really don't do it everyday, just some days. Okay, I only do it on the days when I'm expecting company.
If none of the above suggestions were incentive enough for you to participate in Clean Off Your Desk Day, this might give you the extra push you need. Your desk may harbor 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat. Yuck! Hard to believe, but true since 64 percent of us clean our desktops once, or less, a month. Think about it, when was the last time you sanitized your desk? If you eat, drink, or snack at your desk, it might behoove you to take a few minutes and wipe it down with an antibacterial agent. Don't forget the surrounding surfaces, like phones, lamps, keyboards, etc.
In the end, one must do what works best for them. What works best for you? Do you need a clutter free desk to have a clutter free mind? Or, does a blank desk cause you to blank out? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject. If you'd like to share, please leave a comment below.
Today, in honor of the holiday, I will clean my desk, and give it a swipe with an antibacterial wipe, but as Scarlet O'Hara said, "Tomorrow is another day."