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Is a tidy desk a tidy mind?

By Sarah Wixon

Totally missed this but apparently it was national #cleanoffyourdeskday yesterday - with the aim that it's a good way of decluttering your mind as well as your workspace and get yourself organised for the year ahead.

However, it did get me thinking about how our workspaces affect our productivity and state of mind. I'm firmly in the 'cannot bear a cluttered space' camp - it makes me feel all at sixes and sevens and anxious if I'm surrounded by crap on my desk. When WFH, my desk also gets used as a 'dumping ground' by my kids so I'm constantly fighting a rising tide of random objects placed there - and it all needs clearing before I can start my day which is infuriating.

This also translates into my email inbox which is also militantly organised - if I have to scroll down through it, it makes me feel ill so I make sure I file everything in folders as soon as I've dealt with it (or turned it into someone elses problem ;-)

I'm always interested to hear from other people how they keep themselves organised - what tricks do you use to make your working space work for you? I've seen some fine examples of desks artfully arranged with plants, photos - even scented candles - which is admittedly further than I've gone - would love to hear from fellow tidy freaks!

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