A clear desk surface with no visual clutter might make you more productive, but what about all of the stuff you need for work like pens and paper? Bill Meade at RestartGTD has a clever solution: hide them behind your monitor.
In a long and thorough post on his Getting Things Done desk setup, Meade reveals his liberal use of double-sided sticky tape to strategically “engineer” his desk. An ethernet switch is attached to his monitor arm, which holds a swinging paper tray, while a USB hub, 3×5 index cards holder, desk light, and even his pen are attached to the back of the monitor. Sure, the picture above looks a mess, but it’s all out of sight when he’s sitting at his desk in front of the monitor. Then he’s got a clear, large desk surface with “elbow room to think.”
Check out the full post for more on the 6 basic elements Meade suggests make up the “perfect GTD desk”:
1. Clear desk surface
2. Big (ideally 30 square feet)
3. Slide to side (open front)
4. Conference table legs
5. Cable management
6. Killer cool paper trays
Got any of your own clever ways to get rid of necessary desk clutter? Post them in the comments.