Getting Things Done In The Land Of Sand

Neatly organised cables, tidy peripherals, and clutter-free desktops are a regular fixture in the Lifehacker Featured Workspace column. Sometimes, however, you make do with what you have because you're 10,000km from home.

Today's featured workspace comes to us courtesy of PFC Halloran, stationed in Iraq and tasked with keeping the computers, peripherals, networks and tactical radios in his area are up and running. He writes in:

Basically, I see to it that any and all computers, scanners, printers, phones, etc. are operational, and if not, I fix them. I also network our building, keep track of tactical radios, send up reports, and generally get hassled about anything from 'how do I connect to a networked printer?' to 'I can't log off.' (Yes, log OFF. It's been asked.)

As a little relief from the chaos of every day work (10-14-hour shift six days a week), I'm commonly on lifehacker, reading articles as they come up and occasionally searching for random things as spare thoughts pop into my head. To be bluntly honest, lifehacker is downright cool. Every single article is worth reading and entertaining. I thought I'd add to it a little.

Attached is my workspace. It's messy, I know. There's wires dangling under the desk, I know. But in Iraq, there's only so much you can work with, and I'm happy with what I've got. I made sure everything in the pictures is safe to post - even the computer on the far right, which I had just finished wiping. I realise this probably won't make the next workarea article - like the last one, with the glass desk and the tucked-away wires, which was absolutely beautiful - but I thought I'd send it in anyway. Thanks, and happy holidays to you and yours.

We love a shiny and tidy workspace as much as the next productivity geek, but when it comes down to it we're all about getting things done no matter how stressful the situation or messy the desk. We're not going to hold it against him that he can't exactly take a lazy Sunday afternoon to go wander IKEA and pick up some new furniture and lights for his office. Productivity doesn't have to be pretty!


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