Have Us Save Your Messy Desk!

Submit a photo of your messy desk with the hashtag #savemydesk, and it might be featured Friday on HuffPost Live. Clutter, you’ve been warned!

Have Us Save Your Messy Desk!
[Image: Flickr user Aprilzosia]

Do you have a messy desk?


It’s okay, we’re here to help.

On Friday, October 11 (that’s tomorrow!), Fast Company writer and productivity expert (and recently dubbed Desk Doctor) Drake Baer, will appear on HuffPost Post Live to share tips on killing clutter and reinventing your work space for ultimate productivity.

Why? Because apparently there are some pretty messy desks over at the Huffington Post that need serious help. That’s exactly what Drake’s going to give them. And we want you to join us.

So if you have a messy desk and want to be included on the program, send us a picture of your messy work space on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #SaveMyDesk.

You Might Be Asking, “But Why Do I Care?”

As Drake has noted, changing your desk changes the way you work. If you don’t believe us, try spending your day at someone else’s desk–it’ll have a surprising impact on how you work and provide much needed reflection on your own work space. The environment that you exist in every day, for some eight hours a day, has more of an affect on the individual than you think:


Why do the desk do’s and don’ts matter so much?

Because our environments affect us in ways we don’t realize. If we’re too cold, we can’t concentrate, since our bodies have to spend energy heating themselves rather than solving problems. Similarly, our work spaces shape our mental spaces. Erin Doland explains at Unclutterer that the random crap that accumulates on your desk is a distraction for a mind that’s already prone to wandering:

“The clutter competes for your attention in the same way a toddler might stand next to you annoyingly repeating, ‘candy, candy, candy, candy, I want candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy, candy. . . . ‘ Even though you might be able to focus a little, you’re still aware that a screaming toddler is also vying for your attention. The annoyance also wears down your mental resources and you’re more likely to become frustrated.”

So if you want to learn how meditation, plants, and pictures of cats can make your desk more awesome, send us a photo at #savemydesk and tune in.

See you tomorrow!

About the author

Former Editorial Assistant Miles Kohrman helped run Fast Company's homepage and completed miscellaneous tasks around the newsroom. He is a 2013 graduate of The New School.