Clutter, even virtual clutter, has a way of taking over
open spaces. Is your desktop clogged with icons? Are e-files haphazardly
stored? If so, it's time to declutter your desktop.
Urge to Purge
In past posts I've heralded the lowly waste
an extremely effective organizing tool. Tossing what isn't needed is
Organization 101. So get ready to delete unused short cuts, icons
and files. Ditto
for those RSS feeds and e-mail newsletters that once seemed like must-reads and
now serve as in-box dead-weight. Not sure if something should be consigned to
the trash? Create a folder to store those items for a later review.
done? Now the fun!
Once you've tossed the unnecessary, it's time to
streamline what remains. Be creative in tailoring a solution for your needs.
You can opt to go icon free altogether (yes! it's possible!) or move to a
system that uses folders delineating status to store and organize desktop
In Desktop Zen: Reducing Visual Clutter on your
author advocates an icon free existence arguing that icons require minimizing
and resizing that reduces productivity. Instead, users can elect to use the
start menu and the quick launch toolbar for more effective navigating.
Another solution posits that a clutter-free state can be
achieved by creating five "master folders" that sort items according to status.
In How to Organize Your Cluttered Desktop and Regain Your Sanity the author outlines
an organizing method based on principles espoused in the book Getting
Things Done by productivity-guru David Allen.
Virtual clutter can be easier to deal with than physical
piles (no need to worry about recycling or shredding) but taming clutter,
virtual or otherwise, requires discipline. Once you've established a system to
conquer clutter, set aside time to maintain it. Looking for inspiration to get
started? Read the Zen of Tech: 12 Powerful Ways to Keep Your
Online Life Simple and Peaceful for
a reminder that hi-tech can be managed simply.
Declutter your desktop and unleash your inner Zen.
Is your desktop a
clutter-free zone? Share your thoughts
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by Carly Fadako
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.