By PHYLLIS KORKKI
Q. Your desk is always a mess. How can this be, when you do most of your work on the computer?
A. Some people need to hold information in their hands and write things down to think and work, said Julie Morgenstern, a productivity consultant based in New York. That’s the way their brains work, she said. The computer hasn’t changed that; in fact, it has brought more paper than ever to many offices by allowing people to make printouts.
Add to those printouts an assortment of manuals, forms, handouts, notebooks, business cards, books, magazines, newspapers, financial statements and receipts — flung and stacked haphazardly across your work space — and you have the makings of a mess.
Q. What effect does a messy desk have?