Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Messy Desks Cost Workers Two Hours Of Lost Time A Week
citynews ^ | December 28, 2006

Posted on 01/05/2007 1:38:30 PM PST by stainlessbanner

Are you a slob?

Forgive the question, but if the results of a new survey are any indication, your job could suffer if you answered 'yes'.

Research conducted by giant business chain Office Depot indicates many of us lose time at our jobs searching for important work related items like papers, files or appointments.

The poll suggests as many 34 percent of all employees have such messy desks and drawers that they waste up to 15 minutes a day or two hours a week hunting for that vital item that got buried in the clutter.

And the majority who live in that wild world are well aware they're constantly out of order, but don't do anything to fix it.

Among the messy truths:

* 53% prefer to live in their 'organized chaos' but claim they know where everything they need is.
* 76% admit they lose time to the mess
* 51% fear they'll miss important deadlines or appointments because of the constant clutter.
* 61% say they're frustrated when they can't find things they need right away.
* 27% can't concentrate because their work spaces are so jammed with junk.
* And 14% think they could even lose business because of their desk disorganization.

But perhaps the most revealing finding of all is this: 67 percent agree they've simply given up trying to fix the problem or have no idea how to get organized, and will continue their 'scattershot' approach to locating things.

How do you fix this mess?

The survey advises being diligent about tossing papers you don't need, handing relevant info off to associates (so they can add to their own clutter), and dedicating a short but specified time of day to getting organized.

Maybe you can make that the 15 minutes you normally spend going crazy trying to find everything.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: desk; messy; work

1 posted on 01/05/2007 1:38:32 PM PST by stainlessbanner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

This does not factor in the time saved by not putting things away.

If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, what does a vacant desk mean?


2 posted on 01/05/2007 1:42:17 PM PST by Buckhead
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner
Message to housekeeping:

I know where everything is on my desk, so don't **** with it!


3 posted on 01/05/2007 1:44:12 PM PST by GunnyHartman (The DNC, misunderestimating Dubya's strategery since 2000.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GunnyHartman
That looks a little like my husband's office...LOL

His is just a little neater,,, just a little..

4 posted on 01/05/2007 1:58:00 PM PST by just me
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

This is what secretaries are for. Few are over worked and they have the time to organize the clutter. This leave you with an extra 15 min a day for important things.


5 posted on 01/05/2007 2:07:53 PM PST by Beagle8U
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner
15 minutes / day = 1.25 Hours Week

Author = Idiot.

6 posted on 01/05/2007 2:09:02 PM PST by UNGN (I've been here since '98 but had nothing to say until now)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

-- they waste up to 15 minutes a day--

Keeping a neat desk would take less than 15 mintes a day?


7 posted on 01/05/2007 2:09:22 PM PST by UpAllNight
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

Internet porn costs more time...not to mention the repetitve stress arm injuries..


8 posted on 01/05/2007 2:10:22 PM PST by Skip Ripley
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GunnyHartman

I think I see what the problem is: There's no coffee mug in that pic, is there? If I'm right, you're under-caffeinated.


9 posted on 01/05/2007 2:11:43 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner
Research conducted by giant business chain Office Depot indicates...

It seems that Office Depot is trying to scare people into buying their organizing stuff.

-PJ

10 posted on 01/05/2007 2:13:07 PM PST by Political Junkie Too (It's still not safe to vote Democrat.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

Some jobs, like mine, involve so much paperwork there is simply no way to keep up with it without spending at least 3 hours on Saturday organizing.


11 posted on 01/05/2007 2:18:54 PM PST by dinoparty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Buckhead

:-)

I know where my stuff is; but no one else does.


12 posted on 01/05/2007 2:21:32 PM PST by bannie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Beagle8U
This is what secretaries are for. Few are over worked and they have the time to organize the clutter.

BBBWWWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

Having been a secretary, I jes' hafta' laugh atcha! THAT is the job in which there is NO time to go to the restroom.

13 posted on 01/05/2007 2:23:53 PM PST by bannie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: dinoparty

My desk always looked like a battle zone. But by the time my Secretary left in the afternoon it was neat and organized.


14 posted on 01/05/2007 2:24:52 PM PST by Beagle8U
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Skip Ripley

Am I the first to consider the time spent on FR?


15 posted on 01/05/2007 2:25:44 PM PST by geopyg (Don't wish for peace, pray for Victory.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: GunnyHartman
Impressive, disturbingly impressive.
16 posted on 01/05/2007 2:26:47 PM PST by Risha (Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

"Well ya know, Bob, I really only do about 15 minutes of work a week..."


17 posted on 01/05/2007 2:29:12 PM PST by Leo Farnsworth
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bannie
"Having been a secretary, I jes' hafta' laugh atcha! THAT is the job in which there is NO time to go to the restroom."

My secretary was very well paid, treated with respect, and she got the max raise allowed by corp. every year.

PS.. She could take breaks or a 2 hour lunch any time she wanted.
18 posted on 01/05/2007 2:29:38 PM PST by Beagle8U
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner
Messy Desks Cost Workers Two Hours Of Lost Time A Week

Just two hours? Their desks are not really, truly messy, like mine.

(BTW, I can waste much more than two hours per week on Free Republic.)

19 posted on 01/05/2007 2:31:07 PM PST by Logophile
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Blue Jays
Hi All-

My desk is a disaster area of late and I've got to get a handle on the problem. It's funny because my clothes, shoes, and jewelry are kept crisp and perfect. My car is detailed, my motorcycle is spotless, and my Italian racing bicycles are showroom fresh. My workspace looks like it hit an IED.

~ Blue Jays ~

20 posted on 01/05/2007 2:32:19 PM PST by Blue Jays (Rock Hard, Ride Free)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

If you really want to waste time, maintain two messy desks, one at the office and one at home. That will guarantee that you never can find anything.


21 posted on 01/05/2007 2:33:15 PM PST by Logophile
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner

There was a guy on NPR recently (yes, I listen to NPR) touting his new book about the power of disorganization. He claimed that you would often find action items that needed doing while searching for lost stuff, and that effective people in organizations tended to have cluttered desks.

That said, their is definitely an upper limit to effective disorganization. I find that if I work very hard to file the easily filable homogenous stuff, and leave the heterogenous stuff a mess, it works pretty well.


22 posted on 01/05/2007 4:10:18 PM PST by amchugh
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: stainlessbanner
Image hosted by Photobucket.com DayTimers...!!!

i live and die by my pocket size i got in 1983, and the standard size i got about ten years ago. no excuse.

on the other hand, the desk is a psychological problem...

23 posted on 01/05/2007 4:22:04 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: GunnyHartman
Wow! Do all those machines work?

Mine is like an operating room compared to that! LOL

Click to see the photos on my Freeper home page.

24 posted on 01/05/2007 6:48:48 PM PST by perfect stranger (Tagline tomorrow, tagline yesterday, but no tagline today.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Political Junkie Too
It seems that Office Depot is trying to scare people into buying their organizing stuff.

-PJ

You gotta point there, buddy; I'm just glad this wasn't a government funded study that my hard earned tax dollars helped finance.

25 posted on 01/05/2007 11:36:00 PM PST by 3catsanadog (Vote for the person at the primaries; vote for the party at the election.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: amchugh
Mash here for the Adventures of Action Item Man
26 posted on 01/06/2007 9:47:34 AM PST by stainlessbanner
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Buckhead
Massive amounts of time get wasted by mind-numbed employees who think (erroneously) that organizing stuff you will shortly throw away is useful work.

Three piles ~ one involves new stuff, one involves stuff being worked on pretty soon, and one is for the stuff you're done with but haven't thought about disposing of.

Set aside 10 minutes a day to throw stuff in the trash.

All of this stuff will be rationally organized by time of entry.

27 posted on 01/07/2007 8:07:15 PM PST by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: amchugh
I had a case where one of the big mailers had provided us with a three foot deep pile of BS ~ most of it had been submitted earlier in House committee hearings where their expectations were not realized.

I kept that stuff organized together and out of my general correspondence.

They didn't try that again.

28 posted on 01/07/2007 8:11:19 PM PST by muawiyah
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson