Following on from our post with tips for reorganizing your workspace for better productivity, we at Web Worker Daily want to know how you’ve arranged your own physical desktop. You can tell us about it in the comments or take a picture and share it via the Flickr group we set up.
Here’s what my workspace looks like:
My MacBook Pro is lifted up on a Griffin Elevator. This excellent product has made a significant difference to the amount of head tilting I have to do. Also aligning the top of the MacBook Pro screen with the top of the monitor makes a big difference ergonomically.
I’ve eliminated as many cables as I can – I have an Apple Wireless Keyboard and an Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse. I also use wireless networking, despite being just inches from the router most of the time. I have a 4-port USB hub under the Elevator for attaching my camera, USB keys and other such stuff. I’d prefer to have one of these sexy LaCie jobs, but at over AU$100, that’s an expensive hub! The rest of my cables are organized using velcro cable tape to attach them to the Elevator or cluster them behind the desk.
On clustering, I cluster my apps too. Apps where I don’t spend a lot of time – iTunes, Mail, Skype – but that I want open live on the 17″ monitor. Busier apps, where I do a lot of work – Firefox, NeoOffice, Lightroom and the like, stay on the MacBook Pro screen.
The only other kit I have on the desk is the router and storage – lots of it. I have a home-made NAS made up of a Linksys NSLU2 and a 500Gb HDD. Using the NSLU2 makes it available over the network to the other computers in the house as well as to me when I’m on a client site. I also carry a portable 80Gb USB HDD around with me when I’m away from the office.
Using an antique desk, while not suited to a large computer, is great for the notebook form factor. It also has a lot of drawers – seven, in fact. Those drawers hide paper, pens, folders, etc. My trays are over to the left of my desk (out of the photo) on a filing cabinet. I also keep company files and my GTD files in the cabinet.
So, what’s your setup like? Describe it here in the comments. Add a photo to your Flickr account, annotate it if you’d like, and make sure you add to to the My space NOT MySpace group photo pool.