• How to Create a More Organised Desk

    In several ways, our spaces are a reflection of the state of our mind. If your home or workspace is organised, then it is likely that you’re organised and this is the impression that you will give to visitors or colleagues. Likewise, if you work and operate in a very cluttered environment then this will make your mind feel cluttered also.

    Organised Desk

    Your desk is one of the most pressing areas for organisation. It’s almost impossible to get into an organised mindset when your desk has no space and is full of unnecessary items. You’ve probably been meaning to do it for ages, but now is the time to create a more organised desk.

    Throw Things Out

    This applies to making any space more organised. Go through the entire contents on your desk and in your draws and ask yourself it it’s necessary. If you’ve been storing the item on the off chance you might need it, bin it (or recycle it)! Yes, it’s nice to have a few decorative items on your desk- but not too many!

    Filtering through a desk mounted with files and items seems like a daunting and time consuming process, but if you think about the hours you’ve probably wasted looking for lost documents amongst the piles, a clear out will really save you time in the future.

    Create a System That Reflects Your Brain

    A great way to get your desk into order is by creating a system that reflects the brain. Our brains have three main ‘compartments’ for information storage. These are: working memory, short term memory and long term memory. Here you can simply replicate your brain by forming three spaces on your desk for different documents.

    • Working Memory
      This is the information we’re currently working with and doesn’t necessarily need to be stored. So, this could be your noticeboard and desk itself where you keep anything that you’re currently working on and need immediate access to.
    • Short Term Memory
      This is the information we hold for a few days. If it doesn’t get used enough it will be forgotten, but if it’s important, the information will be stored in long term memory. Once you’re no longer using a document, move it into a paper tray that will act as your ‘short term’ storage.
    • Long Term Memory
      This is the information that we have stored permanently. Nothing gets destroyed here but without practice, access to the information can become more difficult. We recommend that you go through your short term storage at the end of each week- moving anything important to your ‘long term’ storage tray. Any items that you no longer need should be thrown out.

    Once you get into a system and keep a tidy desk, this will reflect in your actions. And if it’s your office desk that you’re organising, you will be sure to impress your boss and colleagues too!


    If you’re suffering from stress or feeling low and you need help, give Birmingham Counselling Services a call on 0121 314 9903 or via the Contact page of our website. We’re here to help.

    Edited by Samantha Turner
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