Here are three reasons why keeping an organised desktop is good for and how you can get yours organised today!
Does this sound familiar? You sit down and turn on your laptop. Once it boots up and the screen turns on, you’re faced with a sea of file images scattered randomly over the screen. As you wait for your computer to (finally) finish booting up, you have a moment where you think, ‘what was I doing here again?’.
This scenario isn’t uncommon. So many of us have lots of random files on our desktops that have collected over weeks and months of downloading email attachments or interesting ‘read later’ files. And it affects our productivity whether we know it or not.
Laptops and computers have become the new “office space”. So let me ask you a question. Does your office space help or hinder you?
Today we’re looking at three reasons why keeping an organised desktop is good for you and how you can get yours organised today!
3 reasons to keep an organised desktop
1. An uncluttered desktop is calming
Mess is stress. Whether or not you consciously acknowledge this, it’s true. The existence of mess – wherever the mess is – has an affect on our brains.
It adds to the noise of information that our brains have to deal with every given moment of the day.
Our brains are quite good at filtering out information. But when that information comes in the form of piles of clutter (digital or physical), our brains have to work even harder to filter, filter, filter.
So when we have a messy desktop, we’re actually giving our brains more work to do. And this has a knock-on effect of causing us to feel more tired, more tense or more confused.
Give your brain a break and release it from having to filter through the extra noise of random desktop files by keeping an organised desktop.
You’ll have more clarity when you sit down at your computer and your work will benefit greatly!
2. You know where things are
If you do have to keep items on your desktop, and you’ve organised it, you’ll at least know where things are.
You could do this by arranging the view on your desktop so that everything is in alphabetical order. Or you could arrange items together in groups.
Arranging items in groups is useful when, for example, you’re not really sure what a file is called. When you have ‘work files’ all in one place, it’s easier to go and open what you want.
This helps you to be more efficient than if you were to scan through the file icons trying to remember what something is called. And it can be more effective than doing a computer search and trying to remember some words in the document hoping that your search would bring up the file – which it will do…. along with 100 other documents containing the same words! ?
So, keeping an organised desktop helps you to work faster because let’s face it, don’t you want to cut down the time you’re in front of your computer screen anyway?
3. An organised desktop is pretty!
Apart from being more calming, an organised desktop can also be pretty. Especially when you have a nice desktop picture to look at!
I like to change out my desktop wallpaper. I find that it helps me to do two things:
- routinely declutter my desktop – when I change out my wallpaper, I make sure I file, delete or organise any items that have begun to pile up on my desktop. Think of it kind of like changing the bedsheets. It gives it a nice little reset. This is useful especially if you do a lot of work on your computer. Files build up over time!
- breathes new life into my computer work. When my desktop wallpaper changes, it gives me a new surge of energy and motivation. My wallpaper is inspiring either because it contains a quote which is motivational or because the image itself is inspiring.
Organise your desktop today!
If you’re reading this on your phone or tablet, then I’ll give you a pass… for now. But if you’re reading this on your laptop or desktop computer, then take a minute right now to organise your desktop. It won’t take long and you’ll feel great afterwards!
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Samantha Laycock says
I find that if I am not organized, I get nothing done. It feels like everything around me is chaos.
Me too! I totally think better in a clearer space. 🙂
You just inspired me to spend some time getting my desktop organized this evening!
Absolutely! My husband and I share a desk and I am constantly having to reorganize it!
A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!
Mrs Cherry says
Yes! Number two is the most important for me. I need to know where everything is! Lol.
I’m with you on that!
These are all such great reasons to keep a tidy desk. I especially relate to the one about losing focus. I have a lot of online classes and every time I sit down at a messy desk I struggle to pay attention to my classes because I’m so distracted by everything else
Yes, it’s so true!
Life With Sonia says
I find it easier to find things on my desktop when its organised. Stress-free.
Organization keeps me focused. Anything else causes anxiety in me and I get off track.
Gervin Khan says
I always love to have an organized desktop because it makes me feel so happy, saving my time,and helps me to become more productive and focus to the things that I need to do. Having a messy or disorganized desktop irritates me a lot. Lol!
This is too funny – I literally thought you meant a physical desktop! With which I totally agree :). I admit, when I get off my laptop (put it to sleep for the night), I tend to leave next day’s project as the open window/screen on top, so it’s easy to dive in and get to work. But YESSSS, if my physical desk is cluttered, there are SO many distractions that keep me from turning the computer back on and diving right back in! And I HATE IT when I cannot find something that is not where it belongs in its designated home on my desk!
Melissa Constantinou says
You are totally right about organization bringing calm. Whenever my office is messy I can’t get anything done in there.
I agree with you that a clean desktop is calming and when I am calm, I tend to think better. I am able to focus and gain more clarity with the things I need to do.
Life With Sonia says
Keeping an organised desktop makes things run faster and easier.
This is a great point! I am always thinking…I’ll do it later…..The one thing that I have trouble with is keeping too many websites open! It’s a terrible habit!
Felicia Tucker says
Yes! I take great pride I. Keeping my desktop organized and neat. It is definitely brings a bout a sense of calm for me!
Guilty! Boy do I need to clean up my desktop!
It is good to keep an organized desk – I really think it is helpful to how we work and our mindset.
I have to keep at least one room in my house clean at all times! With kids, it’s inevitable that what gets cleaned just gets messed again and it can be so stressful to always see how messy and cluttered everything is. Having a place to go to that’s clutter-free and tidy makes such a huge difference and can improve my mood if I’m feeling really overwhelmed! When it comes to work, it should be the same way! My desk is also ALWAYS clean. I can’t think or do anything if it’s a mess anyway, so if it’s untidy, I have to tidy up before I can even get to work. It’s too distracting!
It’s so true! For me, my bedroom is my sanctuary and a place I like to always keep tidy for that reason. It’s nice to have a space to relax in that the kids haven’t messed up! lol!