Today is National Clean Off Your Desk Day!
National Clean Off Your Desk Day is a good reason to clean off your desk today, but there’s an even better reason to remove the clutter and give it a good once-over. According to an American Dietetic Association/ConAgra Food’s Safety program survey, 27 percent of us eat breakfast at our desks, most of us chow down lunch there (62 percent) and 50 percent of us spend the rest of the day stuffing our faces with snacks in our cubes or offices. Not surprisingly, the ladies, known for their multitasking prowess, are the major culprits (60 percent as opposed to 42 percent of guys).
Now comes the despicable truth: Your desk may harbor 400 times more bacteria than—um…—the average toilet seat. 64 percent of us clean our desktops once a month, or less. And before you get all judgey, think about it—how often do you really clean your desk, especially compared to say, your kitchen counters and dining room tables? Chances are, not so much. Do you bring your lunch to work and stock it in the fridge? About one in five people admit they don’t even know if the office refrigerator is ever cleaned or not. Yikes! Source: Huffington Post.
Don’t delay any longer, especially with the flu virus in full swing right now. Pull out the disinfectant and follow these tips to properly organize your space:
- Open mail near a garbage can and toss junk mail immediately.
- Keep notes and lists digitally on your smartphone rather than on scraps of paper.
- Make decisions quickly — clutter at its simplest form amounts to unmade decisions.
- Clear your desk at the end of each day even if you’re in a rush, it will save time in the long run.