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Found on FTD: Tidy desk looks professional

Jul 25, 2011 Leave a comment

After reading an article on Financial Times Deutschland which confirmed that a tidy desk looks professional, I thought it would be nice to translate the key facts and to share these with you.

The author Sabine Meinert reports about a study conducted by the temporary employment agency OfficeTeam. To develop this study, OfficeTeam surveyed 500 HR manager.

OfficeTeam found out that a cluttered desk looks as if the owner is not able to organize his or her desk and this might lead to the association that the person in general is careless, unstructured, and chaotic.

83 percent of all asked managers rated the employee to be less professional in case of a cluttered desk.

In addition to this, not only the desk itself is of interest. The whole office will be scanned and evaluated by superiors. Crowded shelves, high piles of paper, or overflowing trash cans will not support career advancement.

But Sven Hennige, Managing Director at OfficeTeam, warns that a tidy desk itself will not boost a career. In addition to this, high quality and performance is still necessary.

If you are interested in how I uncluttered my desk, please read this post.

Photographic evidence: my desk – lean, clean, and green

Mar 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Incited by a recent article about procrastination by Gregor Groß on imgriff.com which linked to an older article about “Minimal Office Furniture” by Thomas Mauch, I decided to take a picture of my desk in the company to prove that my desk is really lean, clean – and in addition to this – green. 😉

This is how my desk looked yesterday evening when I left the office. No paper, no unnecessary stuff. Just a clean surrounding for productive and focused work.

If you are interested in reading more about how I achieved this, please see this post.

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Organize your desk – Lean and clean!

Feb 26, 2011 1 comment

Inspired by a colleague who loves to clean up everything, I started to lean and clean my desk as well. Today, I have only my computer (flat screen, notebook, mouse (without mouse pad!), and keyboard), a telephone, a memo cube, and a cup with a ballpoint, a highlighter, and a pencil on my desk. No paper, no other stuff. Also the walls are empty, only one calendar, a clock, and a framed A0 printout of our mission statement.

This lean and clean surrounding helps me to focus onto my work and I feel much more organized and structured. Less distraction, less mess. 🙂

To achieve this, I started with putting all the papers and documents onto a big pile and worked through it according to my inbox processing and archiving behavior. I tried to throw away as much stuff as possible. To make this a little bit easier, I store sorted out papers temporarily in a box which I empty from time to time by first-in-first-out principle. This offers the possibility to buffer my trash a little bit and to have the chance to retrieve thrown away papers for some weeks or months. 😉

After sorting all my papers and after throwing away unnecessary stuff like additional cups, notepads, decoration, and other gadgets, I took a cloth and wiped the table. Perfect!

Since that, I try to keep my desk as clean as possible. I process all incoming documents and meeting notes according to my inbox processing and I archive (and throw away) everything right away. In addition, I try to work online to use as little paper as possible. For all working documents, that I can not avoid, I maintain a folder that I can put into the drawer easily in the evening. – And my desk is lean and clean. 🙂

And does it work? Definitely! Feedbacks from colleagues and customers confirm it and my achievements visualize it as well. I am more successful and more productive than ever before. – And I absolutely enjoy it! 🙂