Zen And the Art of Desk Maintenance

Zen And the Art of Desk Maintenance

Grace Shu
Aug 4, 2008

There once was a time when we kept our home office desk immaculate (ie, when we bought a new desk), but those days are long gone. Although we do try to straighten up before the work week hits, we sort of...ignored...that little chore this weekend. So this morning when we looked at our messy desk, we took a step back and assessed the bigger picture: does having a clean desk make us happy and more productive; or is it simply the idea that we think we should have a clean desk?

[ Photo from Living Etc ]

For us, we prefer having the clean desk: there's a sense of calm when we sit down to a clean desk on a Monday morning, with everything in its place and hints from last week's work stress is swept away (...like coffee mugs, crumbs from eating lunch at our desk, and scraps of hurried notes littered everywhere).

How about you? Do you prefer a clean desk at the start of the week, or is it easier for you to work with a messy desk?

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