Overcome your Disorganized Desk

If you have ADHD, chances are that you have a disorganized desk.  The reasons behind this are plentiful.  Impulsivity and hyperactivity can cause you to impulsively jump from task to task.  Distractability may cause you to forget to finish an assignment.  You might simply not notice paperwork piling up only to get overwhelmed by it when you realize you need to get it under control.

For simple ways to organize your disorganized desk under control, follow these tips:

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Paperwork System

  • Develop a system for any paperwork you touch.
  • I like using the categories of File, Trash, Do and Delegate.  If you act on each of these categories as soon as you handle a paper, less of the paperwork will pile up in the future.
  • Keep a stack of file folders and a pen available so you can easily file papers.
  • Figure out how much time you really need to spend on your “Do” category.  Are there low priority items that can actually move to the trash?
  • Remember, delegating does not mean that you need to manage people.  Delegating work to the right person saves everyone time in the long run.  Delegate at home too – even with young kids.

Just 10 Minutes

  • Do anything for just 10 minutes.  Set a timer and STOP organizing when the timer buzzes.  This can help control the overwhelm.  Keep this up for 6 days in a row and you will have an hour of progress!
  • Do the hardest thing first.  Remember, you will only be doing it for 10 minutes!

Start Small

  • Pick one small step to take this week.  Taking regular small steps will help you make continuous progress.  Do not expect perfection on day or week one!

Share your ideas with us here – what are you going to do this week to get your disorganized desk under control?

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6 thoughts on “Overcome your Disorganized Desk

  1. Thanks for the great feedback Ellen. Means a lot, especially coming from you!

  2. I enjoyed getting your insight on this broad subject, Laura. Another resource for your readers is: http://www.pendaflex.com Under the heading: “Advisor”, click on “Workspace Organization”. There are many articles including “Office Decluttering” and “Anatomy of a Filing Cabinet”.

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your insight Rose! I really appreciate it and hope you are doing well!