Like it or not, people form opinions based on our performance, appearance and the way our work spaces look. You can manage your brand by finding your place between a completely clear desk (which may give the impression that you have nothing to do) and a completely covered desk (which may give the impression that you can’t do anything). So simply follow Casey’s eTip: Clear Some of the Clutter in Your Work Space.
Clutter is not desirable but what defines clutter is debatable. You might think of it as excess. What items can you let go of without losing something integral? Maybe recycle the magazines you haven’t looked at for years. Or scoop out the bottom two inches of each of the stacks in your office. Archeaologically, they are probably the oldest and therefore least relevant. Set your timer and spend 15 minutes with your trash can and recycle bin. Then stop and congratulate yourself!
(This eTip brought to you by the Organization of Objects/Data link in your Productivity Chain.)