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Instead of putting everything you do on your desk, which not only creates clutter, but also confusion, you may want to try various ways of sorting out what would normally be dumped on your desk. For instance, you may use file cabinets that lay alongside your desk, a bookcase or wall shelves to put things in various compartments, or file trays that can be vertically organized on your desk.
If you think about other ways to organize all your paperwork besides piling it up on your desk, you’ll be able to sort out the difference between reference material, new work, and completed work. When you know where everything is because it has its own compartment, shelf, or slot, it is much easier to work at a rapid, efficient pace.