Use the Show Desktop Icon on the Windows taskbar to instantly clear the desktop of all the open programs and reveal that picture of the kids or the Columbia River Rafting trip that you have on the computer desktop.
But you have a pile of icons on the desktop?
So do this < 2min task and clean up your computer desktop.
1. Create a desktop folder Called INBOX.
2. Move all the files that are on the desktop to that folder. Put often used programs/files in the quickstart section of the taskbar. (I keep the Trash Bin, My Network Places, My Documents, My Computer & the INBOX as the only things on the desktop.)
3. Make a reminder or schedule time to create a virtual filing system on your computer that is as pristine and trustworthy as your physical, labeled-manila-folder filing system. You just make this INBOX as a part of your daily/weekly processing.
4. Take a deep breath look at that picture desktop.
5. Get back to DOING stuff.