Take just five minutes to clear off some of the accumulated items on your computer’s desktop. This short period of time may or may not clear it completely, but it will help.
- trash any files you don’t need anymore
- put into folders any files you do still need
- ideally, your desktop wouldn’t have more than 10 folders on it, everything else should be in sub-folders within those.
If your desktop is a real mess, do this again for the next five days. Put it on your calendar with an alarm to make sure you do it. And remember, spend JUST five minutes.
A cluttered computer desktop is just as anxiety-producing as a cluttered real-life desktop.
Penelope Tip: reward yourself for having cleaned up your computer’s desktop by downloading some pretty “wallpapers”. I like this website. Dig into the archives. There are some really pretty ones there.
And here’s a look at the desktop of one of my three computers, just because people are asking about it. (I had no idea people would be so curious!)
I really do try to keep my desktop very clean. If I have an item outside a folder on my desktop temporarily that’s fine, but I deal with it and either trash it or file it by the end of my work day. That’s just a Penelope trait of mine. I know lots of people who get a ton of great work done who don’t keep such spare desktops.
What about you? What does your computer desktop look like?