“Toss everything, and I mean everything on your desk in a box. If it doesnt fit in a box, put it on the floor. Your desk should be completely cleared of everything …..clip.
Next, get to work. Only remove something from the box (or the floor) when you absolutely need it. Not before….clip… If you dont need a pen now, dont get the pen. Only place it on your desk when you need it.
Throw out the remaining items in the box in 30 days …clip.”
I’ve done this before, but recidivism is common. I really need to clean up at the end of each session, before moving on.