This past Monday was National Clean Off Your Desk Day (always celebrated the second Monday in January). Whether you marked that holiday or not I hope many of you have spent some time cleaning and clearing since the New Year kicked off, maybe even using this post for a little inspiration. I wonder what you might have discovered about the piece of furniture that was under all of the paper clutter and extra sticky notes (“Oh, cool, I never realized it was artisanal gray-washed pine...”)? Take a closer look. Is it a functional but affordable piece from a discount store? Grandma's antique rolltop? A card table with hot glue gun burns?
I have clients who create all sorts of home office setups - some creative and ingenious, and many clearly afterthoughts. With as much care as we usually take to pick out a new car, a computer, or even a fabulous pair of shoes, why do we so quickly dismiss the piece of furniture where all of the business magic is supposed to happen? Lately I know many who have become enamored with the whole standing desk phenomenon, and there’s a great post from Review.com that outlines a LOT of important considerations for choosing a standing desk. Bookmark it and take a few minutes to read through, whether you’re thinking about a standing desk or not.
Yet you may still be thinking, “A desk is a desk is a desk, right?” Au contraire. Chosen carefully, a great desk can not only make the room look better, it can actually inspire you to stay more organized and productive. A desk that provides the correct spaces for your personal needs cuts down on all of those tiny little stresses that add up in a day. Things like “Where the hell are the stamps I just bought?”, and “Crap, coffee stains on the Jones agreement.” Whether you run a graphic design empire or manage the travel soccer team (or both), those little things build and keep your brain from focusing on what’s important. So to help you zero in on the right desk environment, I’ve created a list of questions to think through:
There are plenty more questions you can ask, but the point is to make this selection process a priority. Your desk is your mission control, command center, your bridge - so don't squander your opportunity.
And if you've already created an amazing desk space, please share with us in the comments.
Sara Skillen - Certified Professional Organizer®, Certified Organizer Coach®, wife, mom, and serial list-maker. Learning to trust my intuition more every day. Shall we work together?