In the office, your desk is your command center. And how well it's organized can help set the tone and productivity level at work. Supplies used every day can go on the desk. Items used a couple times a week should go in a drawer under or to the side of a desk. Getting up even just once a day for a pencil or paper clip is shutting your brain off a project you are working on and you will have to come back and re-center. Put frequently-used items, like the phone or supplies, on your dominant side to avoid having to reach across. Maintaining work-life balance is hard, especially on your desk. Family pictures, vacation souvenirs, and other trinkets can provide positive feelings during the work day, but too many mementos can be a distraction. control your inbox. E-mail is a convenient way to communicate, but it can also be a major distraction. If it becomes too much of a distraction, Trager recommended designating certain time periods throughout the day to check and respond to email. Only keep relevant and active projects and documents on your desk. When work gets backed up, it's easy to get overwhelmed and stall productivity keeping a desk organized requires frequent upkeep and assessments, so be sure to take a weekly scan of your desk to make sure everything still deserves a spot on your workspace..