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A tidy desktop equals a tidy mind

By Ralph Varcoe

June 15, 2020

productivity hacks

3.10   Clutter Free Desktop

Productivity hack no.39 from '60 Ways to Hurray! by Ralph Varcoe.


You boot up and see a mass of files greeting you from the desktop. What’s where? It’s a mess. And then when you want to find something you have to scan your eyes over everything to see where it is. Big time waster.

Create a folder system and subdivide into further folders relating to different groups of topics. Then file stuff, and make a habit of it. It’ll be like a spring clean for your computer and it’ll help declutter your brain.

Why is this important? Because if you’re working in a cluttered environment then your brain won’t be quite as focused and ‘in the zone’ as you need it to be.

While you’re working away on a document make sure it is full screen size so that you can literally see nothing other than what you’re working on. On a Mac you can make it really full screen so it removes the header and applications bars (you can also set the Mac up to automatically hide the applications bar in Settings).

When browsing the internet try using an extension like Clearly from Evernote. It will present you with a distraction free view of the content alone so you can focus on the messages and not on flashing adverts or offers or anything else (oh, look a rabbit….!). There are plenty of other alternatives available but I’m a prolific user of Evernote as my go to tool for clipping websites and writing notes so Clearly is easy for me to use.

Find something that works for you and then get your desktop clutter free so you can focus solely on the tasks at hand.

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Ralph Varcoe

About the author

For over 20 years, Ralph has run sales and marketing teams across large enterprises and smaller start-ups, at companies such as Orange, Tata Communications, Virgin Media, Spirit Ai and others. He brings a wealth of experience in personal and professional development with a laser focus on enabling people to achieve more than they thought possible. He's a published author and musician with a passion for creating - be that change, the right solution, exciting campaigns, the right environment for customers to succeed, or podcasts, videos and written content.

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