Task Management on your Desktop

This post originally appeared on July 23, 2010 on BetterProjects.net.

There was yet another good post out of my news reader today that brought to my attention the following image:

What I find so interesting about this is its simplicity as a task manager. There is no project plan here. There’s no fancy program to tell you what to do and in what order. This is simply a desktop wallpaper where you drop documents you need to work on or other items of regular use. You don’t need any elaborate filing system, you just find what needs to be done and do it.

My computers generally have very tidy desktops. I don’t tend to be someone who lives with a lot of clutter, but on occasion, when I’m in the middle of several projects, such an organization strategy could help any individual task from getting lost amongst a noisy picture of some place I went on vacation years ago.

What about you? Besides pen and paper, your inbox or a project plan, what strategies do you use to manage your tasks?