Are you using a Windows 7 or 10 machine? Do you feel the need to add shortcuts to the desktop for your most-used items and then spend loads of extra time searching through all of them for the needed program or file? Were you working on a file before lunch and you saved it "somewhere" and the food coma has muddled your memory?
STOP wasting time! Just use the Windows key...you know that extra key floating around the bottom left of your keyboard that you may never have used. Click it and start typing - either the file name or program name. As you type, you'll be presented with a list of programs, folders, files, music and photos that match your search criteria. Don't see what you need? Use the filters at the bottom of the search pane to narrow the search to just programs, files, photos, etc.
If you need to open Excel, don't send out an APB on the icon somewhere on your desktop lurking behind your open windows. Click the Windows key and start typing "Ex..." and when you see it highlighted, just hit Enter. No need to click around the screen or hunt for items. Keep your hands on the keyboard and keep on workin'.