desktop clutter

It’s confession time: I can no longer see all items on my desktop. There! I said it. I don’t know how others organize their information, but I definitely have a problem. I want to have everything right there, in front of me, so I can find it. But, by doing that, I am actually making matters worse.

I noticed I waste a lot of time looking for the right document, and many times can’t find what I am looking for.

So, what are all those folders you see on my desktop? Here is just a sampling:

• PLR articles
• PDF documents I “saved” to “read later”
• ghostwritten articles I commissioned as far back as 2 years ago, and still haven’t used
• programs I use on a daily basis
• client website backups
• website projects I started and never finished
• a lot more…

Over the next few days, the plan is to re-organize my desktop folders, delete old or outdated files, and find a better way to keep my desktop organized.

I’d love to hear how you keep your computer organized.

4 comments on “Desktop Clutter – How is it Affecting Your Productivity?”

  1. Ohh I thought you were talking about the top of my desk which needs a whole bunch of organization help (going to have a post on that? ha).

    As for my desktop, I think I’m OK, it’s not too cluttered but I could definitely get rid of some of it and add more to make things faster to access.

  2. Omigoodness, am I ever guilty of desktop clutter! It’s so bad, in fact, that every summer, before we go back home to visit the folks, I madly try to get it at least a little cleaned up – because my mom and my dad are always giving me grief over it! LOL!! And I have the same types of things on there that you do. My ‘my docs’ folder gets so crazy that if I d’load a new pdf that I really don’t want to lose track of, I’ll stick it on the desktop, because, I’m going to read it in ‘just a little while’. Yeah, right. Heh.

  3. Angie, I envy you for having a handle on your desktop.

    And Lisa, that’s exactly what I do: “stick it on the desktop, because, I’m going to read it in ‘just a little while’”

    Hopefully will do better now that I am intentionally trying.

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