There are many different ways of staying organized, but none of them beat the ethereal simplicity of using a simple text file that you keep open on your desktop at all times. We’ve been using this simple system to keep our lives organized for a number of years. In our previous post, we showed you how to get started. Here are some optimization tricks that we’ve learned.
You’ve probably had (or have) a computer desktop littered with icons. While some people like to organize this into a semblance of order, others tend to let all of these icons just crop up on their desktops and get rid of them only when there’s no more any space left for new ones. We’ve been drifting closer and closer towards a digital workspace without icons, and here’s how we’ve done it in both OS X and Windows 7.
There’s something magical about keeping things simple. Like many people, we tend to over complexify things that shouldn’t be too complex, especially workstations. While the perfect workstation is somewhat akin to the One Ring from Lord of the Rings (something you desire, but can never attain), it’s always best to work with what you have and try to make simple and minimal improvements over time without spending too much money.
We’ve mentioned using bread bag tags before to label cords, but Make intern, Tyler Moskowite took it to another level and used the common throw away item to identify all of his cords for easy identification. Instead of just plugging in your power cords haphazardly, you can use the bread tags to ensure that only the right ones stay plugged in when you need to. Some power supplies and computer peripherals are energy vampires, so it’s a good way to stay on top of things.
If you don’t have much space and need an extra workstation, which is a given when more than one person is working from home, then you’ll need a laptop desk. These desks can be quite small and compact, but they’ll get the job done when you’re in a bind. While there are better-looking permanent solutions, these will perform well if you choose well.
If you’re running out of space for your desktop, or you simply would like to have a cleaner workstation, here’s an idea that might work for you if your desk is positioned near a closet or storage space: store your computer hidden away and run the cables/wires through the wall!
Messy wires are a definite pet peeve for most people. They look unorganized and can make managing your computer and electronics a hassle. We’ve put together some innovative solutions that will help sort out the mess. The best ones will keep the mess at bay for a long time, even though it might take an effort to convert your place.
When space is at a premium, you have to find different ways of maximizing what space you have. If you have high ceilings, then you should seriously consider using a loft desk, if your room doesn’t have enough space for a bigger desk. This is what Joel Vardy did in his room. His desk/bed has got integrated speakers, wiring, and storage.