Before and After Desk

I came into my office this morning to work at 8:42 and this is what I found:


Yikes. Apparently I had been just throwing stuff on my desk and not cleaning it up every evening. Some weeks are like that.

But, I really didn’t want to work with that mess. In order to clean up I:

  • hung up my headphones
  • put yesterday’s water cup into the kitchen
  • put my notebooks away
  • put my calendar and to do list on their stand
  • put away my card making supplies
  • hung up my scarf
  • shredded my receipts
  • put coupons away
  • put my books on the bookshelf
  • brought my apricots to the kitchen
  • put several lipsticks back into the bathroom
  • put my ipod in its stand
  • and while I don’t have time to go through all my papers right now, I got them all back into the inbox

At 8:57, 15 minutes later I could work here again. It may not be perfect and I still have my wired keyboard while my wireless one is going back to the company. But, I can focus.

So now it looks like this:

desk after

What can you do in 15 min?