An organized top desk drawer, full of pens with ink and sharp scissors and supplies you regularly use, is as important to your productivity as the system you use to manage tasks and calendar items. Simply put, if you can’t easily access the materials to do your job, you can’t efficiently do your job.
Disorganized top desk drawers aren’t usually short on office supplies, though. They’re usually overflowing with pens and pocket change and sticky notes and carryout menus from your favorite lunch spots.
A strategy for helping you curb the clutter from your top desk drawer:
- Take all of the supplies out of the drawer and put them in a small box.
- Clean out your desk organizer and the drawer.
- Go about your work.
- When you need an item, take it out of the box, use it, and then put it away in the top desk drawer.
- After five days have passed, review the items that made it into the top desk drawer and make sure that they are organized in the best way for your needs.
- The items that remain in the box on your desk do not belong in the prime real estate of your top desk drawer. Sort through the items and toss out, recycle, or pass along to a co-worker anything that is pure clutter in your desk. Find a shelf or lower drawer where the items you need but use less frequently can be stored.
Another top desk drawer organizing idea: While on your next phone call, give all of your pens a test drive to make sure that they work. On another call, pull out your pencil sharpener and give all of your pencils a point.