The real reason why your desk gets messy…

Sheila Chandra - Thursday, August 24, 2017

We’ve all felt that sinking feeling when approaching a chaotic desk in the morning. Just deciding what to do first, feels like a struggle. Perhaps your papers are neatly piled up, but you never seem to be able to get to the point of having a clear desk? Perhaps you’ve decided that the ‘clear desk’ is a myth which most hardworking people can’t afford to believe in or aspire to. And perhaps you’ve resigned yourself to having a desk that collects various degrees of mess….


Your desk gets messy because it’s acting like a giant ‘to do’ list

Many people with a clutter problem are afraid to put things away in case they forget about them. If you have this tendency, then it will be even worse with your desk. People commonly use physical or virtual files or emails to remind them of what their tasks are. Not only does this tend to make you prioritise what other people want you to do over what you think is important (after all their letter or email is right there in front of you reminding you), but it also makes it much harder to put anything away in case you ‘lose track’ of things.


If you have no system for scheduling your work, your desk will always be messy

No matter how often you tidy up those piles of papers on your desk, it will always feel like a chaotic and demanding space. And if you only use visual reminders as your way of scheduling work, you will always feel as though you’re running to catch up, and as though you’re at everybody else’s beck and call.


To stop your desk getting messy, start taking an overview

The only real solution to this feeling (even if you decide you like having a messy desk) is to get a ‘day book’ and start making lists of tasks in there, consulting it religiously, and using it to set your own working priorities. If you can do that, you’ll be able to put those piles of papers away, secure in the knowledge that your important projects won’t get forgotten.

For more information about how to organise your tasks so that nothing gets forgotten and on how to take control of your working priorities download a free excerpt of ‘Banish Clutter Forever’. It will start you on the road to being naturally tidy.

Post has no comments.
Post a Comment

Captcha Image


Recent Posts


disorganization home life criteria for letting go of stuff working class artists low maintenance tidy people procrastination living clutter free clearing as you go normality wind down artist workspaces great artists touring clean desk Sheila Chandra author absences goals stardust lazy organisation efficient work patterns business interface to creative businesses loving your audience static spaces networking effectively social media networking fine art tidiness in living spaces slim-line wardrobe emotionally secure artist work/home life balance creative commissions commitment storage artist mentors VIPs buying happiness work efficiently morning routines artist mentoring diagnosis buying youth friends creative confidence exhaustion peer-to-peer networks brands professional encouragement the void proposals confident in clothes clearing clutter creative people introverts artist creative organising stay tidy automatically cleaning creative spark friendships why organise display items loss how to save time ‘stories’ about your possessions stop cluttering clutter addict good creative habits buying wealth mess working class culture concentrated creative time nipping things in the bud missed opportunities grief hoarding culture staying in control being tripped up platform email network chaotic creative person hobbies crowdfunding dynamic spaces buy fewer clothes artist materials mornings warm down long-term artistic development organizing for creative people arrogance copyright inconvenience tidy parent email bankruptcy work priorities vocation new year precious memories clearing letting go networking emotional resilience creative culture work life too busy creative ambitions work trips smart artists sheila chandra coaching social media imagination control stop hoarding stuff popular culture pop music artists temperament creative identity quality productivity creativity symptoms of creativity tension writing funding campaigns guilty purchases focus emotional support getting ready for work nascent artists overwork well curated closet childhood pop culture innocence just in case streamlining routines nurturing creative work creative career under-confidence successful artist inspiration funding multiple lifetimes hotel room time clutter too many commitments magic lifetimes clear desk vulnerability creative wellbeing resentment brilliant creator collections self promotion bulk buy workspaces email overload business-speak critical acclaim mature artists appointments well organized low maintenance strategies trope artistic chaos good art work myth minimalists branding jealousy buying stardust cupboard of shame creative magic creativity diary stay on top of email spree saving time organise to do list theft boredom great art subconscious mind clear outs feeling creative much better friend celebrity endorsed products options home care binge cry career strategy motivation being organized clearing in short bursts artistic conviction fall of innocence wardrobe cleaning your desk compulsion domestic life housework much quicker tidy desk proposal writing 2018 goals feel like creatiing effortlessly tidy business car living mess free ‘creativity’ how to be naturally tidy creative career coaching sacrifice : clothes clutter professional mentors partners artistry green room peacefulness business-like double standard good friend hostile clutter elevator pitch emotional balance card how to work efficiently diary visualising nurture creativity making decisions professional creative career anxiety buying hope home organising tortoise and hare clarity of thought tidier hijacking creativity tips for clearing slow and steady artist goals