Organize your workspace for better performance

How organized is your desk? As a typical Dutchman I have to admit that I never wasted much time to tidying up my desk. As a consequence I collected much clutter in my workspace that distracted me more than I could have imagined. Does this sound familiar to you? Let’s clean the mess together. I collected some tips to get rid of it.

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How clutter impacts your brain

Scientific research has shown that excess things in our surroundings can have a negative impact on our ability to focus and process information. Some of us get inspired by chaos because it stimulates creativity. Nevertheless, when it comes to concentration, clutter only competes for our attention, resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.

Start with an empty desk

Take everything of your desk and out of your drawers. Put all stuff in a big box, put the box in a closet and go back to work. Every time you need an item, you can put it back on your desk. Are there things you still have not used after a week? Get rid of them, since you probably don’t need them. As you go through your stuff, ask yourself: does this item have a purpose? Do I really need it, or am I keeping it because I could need it once? After asking these questions you will know what to do.

Create a clever flow

When you have decided which stuff you want to keep, you need to find a place to keep it. Logically, you want quick access to the items you use very often. Organize your desk drawers I such a way that the important tools are in the drawers next to you, and the rest further away. At the end of your working day, take care that all items are back in the right drawers. Don’t leave them on your desk and let them pile up.

Find your trouble spots

Still not satisfied with the result? It can be hard to look at your workspace objectively and identify how cluttered it is. This perspective might change, when you watch it through your camera. The photo will show you things, you never saw in the real world.

What’s your tip?

Are you an expert for organized workspaces? Then I want you! Do you know some clever tricks to keep you desk tidy? Please share them with me.

The Netherlands in five words

Last weekend the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions hosted a trip for 70 international meeting planners to show them the qualities of The Netherlands as a business/conference destination.

A boat trip on the Amsterdam canals, a bike ride through stunning The Hague, and power kiting on the Noordwijk beach were part of the programme. We visited the beautiful Hotel Okura for a workshop with Dutch suppliers and we drank a tasty genever cocktail at House of Bols.

Last but certainly not least, we had a very unique sneak preview of the newly renovated Scheepvaartmuseum which not even our queen has seen yet. The farewell jazz dinner in the luxury Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand topped the night off, and left everyone exhausted but happy.

Mr. Holland was there, and after two days of sightseeing asked his guests the following question: Could you describe the Netherlands in just one word? Here´s what they said, and don’t forget to take a look at the pictures we took.


Mauritshuis Den Haag


House of Bols




Workshop at Hotel Okura