Here we are, nearly a year into remote work due to a pandemic, and I’ve still not quite managed my work desk situation. Mind you, it’s fairly organized and not nearly as chaotic as it was when I began working from home, but the cable management could use improvement.
I guess this isn’t surprising. IT folks like you probably think more about cables than shmucks like me, and hopefully, technology professionals such as yourselves have their remote workstations in complete order.
But in case you do not – and in case your employees do not – I had to share some clever tips from a recent makeuseof.com article.
Their recent “7 Tips to Keep the Cables Under Your Desk Tidy” piece is a valuable resource for you to pass around to your employees.
I chose to highlight the list here because I can personally tell you that one of the techniques has worked really well for me: using a multi-purpose appliance.
See, as daylight savings robbed me and my natural light-heavy workspace of precious late afternoon radiance, I needed a desk lamp…but I also own a few small gadgets like a tiny Bluetooth speaker that only charge via USB.
Maybe it’s because I’m not as technologically-proficient as I thought I was, but I just don’t have the motivation to buy specialty hardware to re-outfit my plugs to accommodate USB; so until now, I’ve been charging those devices via my work laptop. It’s inconvenient and probably not the best for the laptop’s battery.
But now, I am the happy owner of desk lamp that’s absolutely riddled with USB ports. Two birds, meet this single, illuminating stone.
Other tips from the cable-saving list that I intend to try soon (because the lamp didn’t solve all my cable woes) include:
- wire trays/cable sashes
- color coding swatches made with re-used bread bag closers
What do you do to keep your home office desk free of cable clutter?
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