Or how the plumber’s wife is constantly after him to fix the leak under the sink?
Well, I can relate.
You see, if I am being honest, I must confess to having many personal weaknesses as it relates to living the lean thinking life.
Messy Computer Desktop
One of the most annoying weaknesses I have long battled is a messy computer desktop. You see, I will go through phases were I keep my computer’s desktop neat and tidy… then, in all my daily haste, I will save files to it… pictures I have “snagged” from the Internet to it, etc. Then, eventually, I have a mess. A big mess!
Junk Files Killing Me!
Well, I finally decided that enough was enough. And after doing some hansei I realized that the primary root cause to my messy desktop problem was the junk file.
You see, many times I will download files to read once or look at once. They aren’t worth filing into a folder… so I just drop them on my desktop. These files are essentially junk.
The “delete” folder
So, to counter this problem I created a new folder called “delete” and placed it on my desktop. Now, when I need to save a junk file or picture I save it to the delete folder. Click the image above to see a larger view of the delete folder in action.
Then, at the end of the week I open the delete folder and clean it out.
Now, I thought about saving these junk files directly to the Trash folder… but decided to create a bit of a “grave yard” before completely discarding the file.
So far it’s working like a dream. I had a few hiccups the first few days… but it’s now becoming habit and I’m confident my desktop will remain clutter free for years to come.
What about you?
What do you think of this solution? Do you do something similar? If not, how do you keep your computer desktop clutter free?