Messy Desk, Messy Mind

Messy Desk, Messy Mind


So a few months ago I sat in our end of quarter sales meeting and one of the items on the agenda was “Clean Desk policy”

It got me thinking………  HMMM!!!   What is a clean desk?

I have tried to make a few changes to my work desk, so when I leave to go home every evening I do that typical thing and straighten up my desk.

However with the pictures of my children and grandchildren, my mobile phone wireless charger, my pen holder (which is a Star Wars cup with loads of pens and pencils in), my desk organiser (which has now become my paper dumping ground), company calendar, and then my mouse and mat, work phone, monitor and monitor stand…….. Well you get the idea!! - So everything has its place

Therefore I ask is my desk cluttered or messy?

I’ve hear phrases like “Tidy Desk, Tidy Mind”, or “Messy Desk, Messy Mind” etc., so how true is that? 

“A cluttered or disorganised environment will affect your clarity of thought. Organised surroundings and affairs will allow for clearer thought organisation.”


I work with colleagues who have a desk that looks like a war zone – and others whose desk is probably more sterile than that any hospital operating room, and they perform brilliantly each day.

So does a clean and tidy desk make a difference?    What’s your thought?

A couple of very good friends of mine once said... (Only kidding, they weren’t really my friends)

“If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what then is an empty desk a sign?”  Albert Einstein

"A clean desk is a sign of a cluttered desk drawer." ~ Mark Twain

See below a couple of links that may be of interest regarding this subject


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