Reorganizing Your Computer Desk Made Easy

Everybody loves coming home from work and sitting down in front of their own awesome computer so that they can waste time on the Internet for a while. After all, it’s a great way to unwind! However, it might not be your favorite thing to do if every day you come home to sit down at a really dirty and disorganized desk. A messy space will leave you feeling like you’re a mess yourself. That’s not the kind of atmosphere that you want to create for yourself in your home office. It’s quite the opposite, as a matter of fact! That’s why you should take an afternoon to fix things up.

Reorganizing your space will give your desk a new lease on life. In fact, you may even begin to want to spend more time than ever before on your computer. There’s nothing wrong with that! However, you’re not going to be able to achieve that if you don’t first make things nice and tidy. This guide is here to help walk you through the steps that you’ll need to take in order to get your desk in good working order once again. Let’s get started!

Start By Clearing Everything Off

Clear Everything Off Your Desk
Clear Everything Off Your Desk
You aren’t going to have any sort of luck trying to clean and reorganize a desk that’s still covered in a bunch of junk. Step one is going to making sure that you’ve taken everything off of your desk. That means everything! Don’t just throw it around all over the place, either. That’s not going to help you clean up. Instead, as you take things off your desk, try to sort and organize them. You’re going to want to put things in an order that you can transfer back onto your desk later. By keeping everything nice and tidy now, you can keep yourself from having issues later on where you have to delay putting your desk back together while you find items you misplaced.

Reorganize Your Cables and Zip Tie Them Up

One of the biggest sources for clutter and mess on anyone’s desk is going to be their computer cables. It doesn’t matter how nicely you set them up the first time you sat down at your desk, those cables always seem to end up tangled together after a little while. How does it happen? No one knows! Now that you have everything out of the way, though, you should use zip ties to cinch up your cables and keep them all in one easy to find place. That way, you won’t have to ever go through the hassle of detangling them ever again.

Clean Your Monitor and Your Keyboard

Don’t forget that you should get some actual cleaning done while you’re doing all of this. The two things that are going to need the most attention will be your monitor and your keyboard. With a lint free cloth and some screen cleaner, get all of the grime off of your monitor. That will allow you to see things much more clearly once again. Then pop the keys off your keyboard and clean out all the crumbs and dust that get trapped inside of there. Once you’ve got them spic and span, you can replace them on your desktop.

Designate Areas For All Your Things

Designate Areas For Everything
Designate Areas For Everything
Now is the time to start moving everything back onto your desk. However, as we said before, don’t just toss everything back onto your desk in a jumble. You won’t have accomplished anything at that point. You’ll just have made another mess. Instead, designate spots on your desk for things like papers, as well as areas for pens and pencils. Once you’ve gotten that taken care of, you’re almost through. Make a survey of your entire workspace. Does it feel like you will be able to get things done more quickly now? If so, you can sit back down and get to work!

How to Reprimand an Employee the Right Way

Even the best employee occasionally makes a mistake that can’t be brushed off. How you handle this situation will decide whether or not this can move more swiftly. If you do the wrong thing, you and your employee will be dealing with this mistake for a long time to come. If you handle it properly, it can fade into a memory very soon. It’s a tough call to make, but the odds are good that you can keep moving forward and enjoying yourself and your employee doesn’t have to rue the day that he made that mistake. Here’s how to handle things so they don’t blow up in your face.

Start with a Compliment

Employees Know When They Have made A Mistake
Employees Know When They Have made A Mistake
The first thing that you should do is open with a compliment. You should let him know that there isn’t a better bookkeeper than him, usually. You know that he’s a valuable man to have on the team and you don’t mean to imply otherwise even accidentally. This will help soothe his ego. Often, workers know that they’ve made a mistake before you come to talk to him about it. Doing this will soothe his ego so that he’s not on the defensive. You don’t want to chew him out right off the bat, and this will help you sound like you understand that he works hard and does a very good job for you. Sometimes things just need to happen this way, that’s all. Make the compliment sincere, and if possible have it be related to the work that he made a mistake on. It’s good to tell him he’s a good bookkeeper, but if he made a mistake with a client instead you should say that mostly he makes people laugh and a lot of your clients like that about him.

Don’t Sound Angry When You Reprimand

Don't Sound Angry
Don’t Sound Angry
Even if he made a serious mistake, try not to sound angry. He’s going to be upset himself, and defensive, and he’s going to be afraid that there’s going to be personal animosity between the two of you now. You should let your tone convey the idea that things are still fine. There’s no reason for him to think that they aren’t going to work out for you and he to continue to work together. Plus, when people know that someone is angry at them they’re probably going to be angry in return. It’s just human nature. You should just calmly explain what the problem was with their behavior, and what you would like them to do in the future if he’s ever in that situation again.

Let Them Know That a First Offense Is Just a Mistake

A First Offense Is Just A Mistake
A First Offense Is Just A Mistake
The last thing that you need to do in order to settle things is to let your employee know that you think that this was just a mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, and now that you’ve had the official talk, you want to say off the record that you understand where they were coming from. This is the kind of thing that restores your employee’s confidence in himself and in your relationship. If this is a repeat offense you can’t really do this step, but if this is the first mistake it’s an easy way to patch things up with you.