Skip to comments.Messy Desks Cost Workers Two Hours Of Lost Time A Week
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.
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?
His is just a little neater,,, just a little..
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.
Author = Idiot.
-- they waste up to 15 minutes a day--
Keeping a neat desk would take less than 15 mintes a day?
Internet porn costs more time...not to mention the repetitve stress arm injuries..
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.
It seems that Office Depot is trying to scare people into buying their organizing stuff.
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.
I know where my stuff is; but no one else does.
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 desk always looked like a battle zone. But by the time my Secretary left in the afternoon it was neat and organized.
Am I the first to consider the time spent on FR?
"Well ya know, Bob, I really only do about 15 minutes of work 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.)
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 ~
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.
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.
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...
Mine is like an operating room compared to that! LOL
Click to see the photos on my Freeper home page.
You gotta point there, buddy; I'm just glad this wasn't a government funded study that my hard earned tax dollars helped finance.
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.
I kept that stuff organized together and out of my general correspondence.
They didn't try that again.