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Dude, where's my desk? Staying Organized at Work Quiz
by Staff
Even if your desk isn't literally lost under piles of work, sometimes it feels like that. To keep yourself on track, take this quiz to figure out how to stay efficient and organized at work. (Don’t worry, we won't tell if you're doing it during office hours ... )

If you haven't seen your desk in weeks and are pondering sending out an APB, this question's for you. What's a good strategy for keeping the piles at bay?

  • put things away as you go
  • once a week, do a major cleaning
  • just throw everything away and buy all new stuff -- repeat every two weeks

The phone's ringing, you have urgent e-mails to answer and your boss needs that report in ten minutes. How do you tackle the situation?

  • Multitask. If you return the e-mails while answering the phone, you'll get everything done in a jiffy.
  • Prioritize and focus your attention on one thing at a time.
  • Give your notice.

You've been sitting at your desk for seven hours straight. How should you revive yourself?

  • push through
  • walk around or check your favorite Web site for ten minutes
  • crawl under your desk for a quick nap

What should you use a work calendar for?

  • strictly work-related activities
  • setting up online dates
  • work deadlines and personal reminders

What's one thing you can do every day to maintain a healthy work environment (besides laughing at your boss' jokes)?

  • take a smoke break every hour
  • use the first 20 minutes of your day to plan a daily schedule
  • answer e-mails while on the phone

What should you use the auto-filter setting on e-mail for?

  • putting all your personal corresponce in one folder
  • keeping all your projects separate
  • Both of the above.

Does multitasking really improve your work performance?

  • Sure. You can paint your nails and Skype into a conference all at once!
  • Nope. Studies show it makes you dumb.
  • Maybe, if your job includes juggling flaming torches while tightrope walking.

What's a good way to motivate yourself for work?

  • add a picture of your dog or your mom to your workspace
  • put up several dozen motivational quotes on sticky notes around your computer screen
  • get rid of that baby kitten calendar -- its cuteness is distracting

Where should you keep your to-do pile?

  • You shouldn't even have a to-do pile. It should all be DONE.
  • Don't even keep a to-do pile; just keep track of things in your head.
  • Keep it handy but out of sight.

What's a good way to communicate your goals to your boss without being that really annoying person who's constantly trying to get her attention and approval?

  • send her an e-mail with a list of projects and progress
  • casually mention it in conversation
  • Either of the above.

So you've got a gigantic project looming near. What's the best way to approach getting it done without ending up crying in the bathroom?

  • set incremental, smaller tasks as goals to completing the larger project
  • tell yourself if you don't get your project done in a record amount of time, you're a worthless human being
  • make your assistant or some underling do the most boring parts

How necessary is a tidy desk for work?

  • It's essential. The only things on your desk should be a pencil, paper and your Garfield coffee mug.
  • It's totally not necessary. In fact, the messier, the better!
  • Whatever works for you.

What's a good rule of thumb for managing tasks?

  • do a few at once
  • handle all papers only once
  • ignore everything until you're done with one thing

It's Monday, and you've got a laundry list of items to get done this week. How will you keep track of tasks in a way that doesn't leave you feeling totally swamped?

  • use a notepad and paper
  • use an online calendar
  • use any system that works for you

How does setting goals help you improve your job performance?

  • by creating motivation for completing tasks
  • by creating a timeline for progress
  • Both of the above.

What's the primary factor to keep in mind when prioritizing?

  • time
  • importance
  • Both of the above.

What resources can you use at work to help yourself get organized?

  • sneaking a peak at your boss' day planner
  • a department-wide system of keeping track of tasks
  • daily check-ins with HR about your performance

When starting a new job, how can you kick off your performance in an organized way?

  • keep a spreadsheet, notebook or calendar for different projects, systems or things you need to keep track of for HR
  • ask your boss to make you a list of assignments
  • listen covertly to co-workers' conversations about what they say needs to be done. Then repeat what they say in meetings before they can bring it up.

What's the best part of being organized at work?

  • You have more time to focus on the tasks you need to.
  • Your co-workers will be jealous of you.
  • You can go home earlier if you're more organized.

How does keeping papers filed away help you?

  • You can ignore them.
  • Your office space looks tidier and nicer.
  • Both of the above.