5 Desktop Wallpapers That Will Increase Your Productivity

One often overlooked aspect of using your computer productively is the desktop. Instead of having a pretty picture of the beach, try using one of these wallpapers.

  1. GTD
  2. If you’re a fan of the GTD (Getting Things Done) methodology, this is the wallpaper for you. Grab it (or one of the others) from here.

  3. Layered Desktop
  4. Available in both light and dark, the Layered Desktop wallpapers allow you to group things the same way you might organize an actual desktop.

  5. Chic Desktop
  6. A stylish wallpaper that lets you organize your desktop files and folders into 4 groups – “Images”, “Inspiration”, “To Do” and “Work in Progress”.

    Chic Organization desktop wallpaper thumbnail
    click to enlarge

  7. Organizational Desktop Wallpaper
  8. Similar to the Chic Desktop, the panel method outlined here allows you to group icons according to category. The big differences is that you specify the categories – just download the template template image and then use a photo editor to add your own text to the panels.

    thumbnail of template for a desktop wallpaper with organized panels
    click to enlarge

  9. Coming Soon
  10. This used to be where I recommended a cool way to set your Google Calendar as your Desktop Wallpaper, but that doesn’t work in modern versions of Windows (without a paid 3rd party app).


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8 thoughts on “5 Desktop Wallpapers That Will Increase Your Productivity”

  1. … and here I thought I was the only one with this idea. I took it a step further.

    I took some of those “pretty pictures” and Photoshopped them putting in grouping areas for icons. That way I get both, the pretty pic and organization.

    I’ve done it to several pics, and occasionally will add.

  2. Rahsheen Porter

    Definitely an awesome tweak I never thought about. I don’t store things on my desktop so the GTD flow-chart is great. In XP, I just hit Win+D to view the desktop and remind myself to get back to work :)

  3. Yeah, great ideas. I implemented this months ago and find it very useful for boosting productivity. It’s important if you’re using one of the panel type layouts to have an icon layout saver otherwise they can all get reset when you mess with screen settings in different applications, for instance.

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