It has been said that how it looks on a person’s desk resembles the structure of the mind. Of course this is just a saying but there might lie some truth into it. My supervisor is an extremely competent clinician and in charge of patient safety at the hospital. The desk however is a mess and I could not work like that. My desk is always empty. When I am going to work with something I bring up those papers and put them away afterwards. I don’t keep papers in my office that no longer holds a function. If I need to save something away I prefer to just scan it and store it away in my Dropbox.
For me there are several positive sides of keeping a well-organized minimalistic office
- There are no distractions at my desk or otherwise
- I can find whatever I am looking for in less than 20 seconds. This is actually a rule I have when organizing my office
- When I need to change office (which I sometimes have to) all my belongings fits nicely into a small box.
- It is easy to clean
However, having a to minimalistic office can make it look a little bit cold and empty. Therefore, I have promised a colleague of mine to get a plant when I finish my residency. She has also agreed to water it when I am away.