Your Desk Needs to Be First-Class (Not Coach)

Sliding trays, elbow room for a 4-year-old, and that sinking “I’m sardined here” feeling don’t belong on an 8-hour flight to Frankfurt.  Neither do they belong in your desk.  You see, your desk needs to be first-class, not coach.  You need to be able to spread your arms, legs, and mind so you can get to work.  Consider:

  • Do you have difficulty getting into and out of your desk?  If so, it’s coach.
  • Do you scramble to find the work you’re supposed to be doing because it’s lost in a mountain of paperwork?  If so, you’re in coach.
  • Once you do find your work, do you have to constantly arrange and rearrange the stapler, phone, pens, papers, and gadgets on your desk to make room to do what you’re already supposed to be doing (work)?  If so, you are, without a doubt, working in coach.

Now you’re convinced.  What to do?  Here are some tips that have worked for me:

  1. Clear your desk of everything that doesn’t have to be out there For instance, things like extra pens, papers not in use, books, other office supplies, printers, and standing files do not need to be on your desk.  They need to be in your desk.
  2. Preserve only what’s necessary for doing the bulk of your work.  For most of us, that’s the computer, the keyboard, the mouse, the phone, a writing utensil, maybe some speakers or an Ipod dock of some sort.
  3. Fight to keep it this way.  Entropy, your laziness, and the practice of doing your work will tend to make your desk messy.  Keep it clean, so you can do more work.

Congratulations on having a first-class desk – a desk custom-made for doing (not storing or looking at) your work!  Enjoy!

HT: most of these principles come from Matt Perman at What’s Best Next.  He’s been very helpful to me.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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