Married to Your Desk? 5 Tips for a Better Relationship

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4. Get a document holder.

Married to Your Desk? 5 Tips for a Better Relationship
If you deal with documents -- the physical kind, not the .doc variety -- get an upright document holder and put it next to your monitor. Constantly looking down at your desk to view a document and then back up at your monitor can cause neck strain and take a toll on your eyes over time -- and that's obviously going to take a toll on your work as well.

5. Think about where every object is placed and why.

Whether your desk is clean or cluttered, it probably holds a certain amount of stuff that you need for your job. I'm not talking about your Mark Zuckerberg bobblehead, mind you, but rather things like your phone, notepad and stapler (which I can only hope is a red Swingline -- I hear they don't bind up as much).

Take a minute to consider where these objects are and how their positioning helps or hinders your day-to-day work. If you hold your phone in your right hand, for example, does it sit on the right side of your desk? If you use a stapler to finish up your TPS reports, is it close enough that you can reach it without straining? All these little details add up to a big difference.

"You should think about your desk like you think about your car," says Cornell's Hedge. "You want to create a little envelope around you that has everything you need in a comfortable location."

Just don't get so comfortable that you accidentally doze off. I'm no scientist, but I'd say that could have an adverse effect on your productivity.

This story, "Married to Your Desk? 5 Tips for a Better Relationship" was originally published by Computerworld.

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