This Is How We Do It: The Deskless Office



I didn't need a desk and prefered to have more space and less clutter. In a previous post I discuss the concept of setting limits in order to force organization. This is sort of an attempt at that. As I have gone completely paperless, I don't have stacks of papers on my desk or even a filing cabinet anymore. I don't have a stapler, paperclips, or even post it notes. My desk drawers were becoming empty and the surface of my desk was cleaner than my kitchen table. I got rid of my chair over a year ago and have been standing at my desk ever since. At this point my desk was basically a very large keyboard and mouse holder...sounds unnecessary right?


It all started with a webcam. My computer screen (a 42" plasma screen) was already mounted the wall a long time ago. Jameson and I usually communicate by Skype video and I had an old Logitech Quickcam sitting to the side of the monitor on my desk. We have some big video plans for Less Doing so we got new HD Logitech Webcams, which very conveniently, mount on top of the screen, getting it off the desk. Then I thought it might be nice to mount my computer on the wall, so I built little shelf from a piece of wood and some angle iron. I organized all of the cables with zip ties and admired my work. Now I just needed to get rid of the desk. I initally thought of putting an arm mounted keyboard stand on the wall, but the range of motion was too limited. So I settled on a rolling laptop cart that I picked up on Amazon. It' absolutely perfect. It holds my keyboard and mouse and even has room for a couple paper items (as embarrasing as that might be) and a cup of tea. The nicest thing for me is that when I do bike workouts during the winter, I can put the bike in front of the tv and throw on a movie with my Roku, roll the cart completely out of the way, or even roll it to the side of the bike so  I can use it while riding. Most importantly, it means I will never have an overload of items on the desk because if items come in, they have to go out pretty quickly due to the limited space. 

Is This For Everyone?

Definitely not. I love it, and sometimes we have to go to extremes to illustrate points or test theories. The point is you usually need less than you think and when you get to the minimimum effective amount, you typically discover previously untapped productivity will fill the void.