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Image gallery: Cluttered workspaces

TR member desk with a lot of screens

Cluttered? I don't know. The person who submitted this photo is much too hard on himself. You can still see the desk surface here.

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32 comments
jayohem
jayohem

I work at an institution of higher learning. Many of our professors could beat the cluttered workspace concept easily. More than one of ours have a computer desktop that beats picture #20. Number 20 is just a very organized person using a lot of virtual real estate. Look at all the various apps neatly organized into vertical columns.

Tink!
Tink!

My desk finally got messy again.

girlgeek
girlgeek

The best computer desktop every was on a Mac; Mac lets you stack icons on top of each other, she had every free space on the desktop covered with stacks of icons. It made my physical desk look clean!

Zenith545
Zenith545

Real pathetic photos - I have seen much worse. Image #1 - fire them - they cannot be truly productive by watching 4 monitors. Image #16 - Don't believe anyone ever uses that desk. Image #19 - That open bottle to the right of the laptop. Is that one of those "scent" bottles to cover up any stench???? I do believe TR has hit the "media" standard. Seems they are more into marketing/making money and filling up space with what will amount to useless trivia in about a year. :)

jfuller05
jfuller05

I can't stand a cluttered desktop. X-(

elangomatt
elangomatt

Ok, some of those PC desktops are pretty cluttered, but I could go snap a few pictures of a couple of professor desks here at my college and put every one of those pictures to shame. Heck even my desk is more cluttered than many of those pictures, but that is mostly just papers and I could have it cleaned up in just a few minutes.

kzamboni
kzamboni

Someone needs to call the Health Department

jimaaaaaa11
jimaaaaaa11

Most of those desks are 'clean and tidy'!! They are just pikers in the world of messy. I could post some real "studies" in messy. And I don't have to leave my office!

welldone
welldone

If you can see any part of the floor, then the workspace is NOT cluttered. :)

mikimk08
mikimk08

If you want to see how it's in my work place .... it's disaster

rcb
rcb

If a cluttered desk equals a cluttered mind what is an empty desk??

ecto04
ecto04

Most of these aren't even CLOSE to truly being cluttered. You could straighten them up in just a few minutes. I was happy to see that there were a couple that were actually more cluttered than mine, though!

lmassey
lmassey

Wow ... until I got to the last 5 or so pictures I was beginning to think I was some kind of uber-slob or something! I recently snapped a picture of my desk and sent it to an IT colleague because it was just SO awful. Today it's not bad at all (meaning I can see some wood peeking through at various places). I really enjoyed these!

nbc99705
nbc99705

Are the icons at least arranged alphabetically??!!!

kush13
kush13

YOU SHOULD SEE MY BOSS, HE HAS PILES OF STUFF ON THE FLOOR AND NO ORDER, LOSES THINGS CONSTANTLY AND IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING. HE IS ABSOLUTELY INSANE. I RUN A SHIPPING DEPARTMENT AS DISTRIBUTION MANAGER, CONVERT LANGUAGE CASSETTES TO DIGITAL, THEN CREATE WAV FILES, BURN CD'S AND THEN PRINT THEM, DO CUSTOMER SERVICE, AND DO SHIPPING OF SMALL LITE AND 1ST CLASS PACKAGES. YOU WOULD NEVER BELIEVE A PICTURE OF MY OFFICE AT GREAT JOURNEYS. IT IS SO CROWDED IT LOOKS LIKE A FAKE. RAY C.

moore-margaret
moore-margaret

Looks like several offices I've had......especially, the buried alive one....

dtec
dtec

16 gave me the feeling of drowning in a sea of paper.

ciakrook
ciakrook

Reminds me of mine......

boxfiddler
boxfiddler moderator

#16 and #20 make me feel like the ultimate neatnik. :0

jayohem
jayohem

Some of these workspaces look like average desks with some papers that obviously will be put away at quittin' time. Others look as if someone was snapping pictures of professors' offices, especially those desktop screens. Why they save every single file on the desktop is a mystery even to them. We had a professor where I work who saved all his e-mail in the recycle bin. We had fun retrieving that when some good soul cleaned up his mailbox for him. Then there are those that tell it as it is. Several somebodies have turned in equipment for upgrades, repairs, or XSing. There are really only three or four true disaster areas shown here. I love this gallery. It makes my work area, along the line of image two, look like the cover of Architect's Digest.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

Soni at TROL at TechRepublic Dot Com would be my starting point. But right at the moment I don't think you'll get a quick reply. ;) Col

Dyalect
Dyalect

amateurs. if you desk isn't cluttered and your in IT, you are not doing much with your time. Rite of passage.

david.walker2
david.walker2

...if I clutter the floor, the cleaning crew eventually throws all that stuff away. Then I have to START OVER!

nrei
nrei

If you can see any part of the desktop, the workspace is NOT cluttered either.

ssirvin
ssirvin

When I worked desktop support, I was called to a user's PC who was complaining of slow start/loading when logging on. When I got there, the entire desktop was full of PDF files. I created a folder, and put theim all in it, intending to move it to her personal drive... whereupon the desktop filled again... and again... and again... AND AGAIN. Literally thousands of PDF files on the desktop, and she wandered why it took a long time to load. She said she kept them there so she could find them when she needed them... I can't see how she could find ANYTHING in that mess.

stevew
stevew

I once was a tech at a cardiologist's convention. One cardiologist handed me his laptop which looked like the last picture - nothing but icons. The first words out of my shocked mouth were: "Dude, you are a heart attack waiting to happen!"

Tink!
Tink!

that a few would be molehills instead of mountains I would've snapped my pic last week when I was fairly messy. NOW, I'm actually fairly CLEAN. Still waiting for me to get the next rush of busyness then I'll snap the pic!

Realvdude
Realvdude

My humble cluttered home office workspace could compete with most of these, but when I had my own 8 x 12 ft office cubicle, I could have blown most of these away. All my draws closed though. In those days, I even had a 9 track tape unit under a table. I would like to see some of those computer desktops with BumpTop installed, though I just saw that they were acquired by Google in April. You can still find a copy around the net by searching on bumptop free download. The version I ran a couple of yeats ago was a little glitchy, and I never tried it again.

lyallaust
lyallaust

Exposed hardware, of course! Takes time to take the side panel off and put in the next test hard drive/memory/etc. KVM switch made my workspace better, but there are still cables for each workbench location, and coiling them up would probably do more damage to them in the long term. Then there is the post-it notes/tape whatever for labelling parts, the spare screws, process documentation, and all the other stuff you need on hand. Most images are of fire hazards when the shredding machine fails. Small handheld devices will fix those offices in the future with easy note-taking and filing.

HAL 9000
HAL 9000 moderator

I'm the most healthy person here as my desk doesn't look as clean as any shown here. Any sort of flat space on the desk has stuff stacked on except the Mouse Mat and Keyboard. Though I do personally prefer a Track Ball as it doesn't require any where near as much [b]Wasted[/b] space but others who I tell to use my computer can not deal with them. Col