Whether you work in an office or out of your home, the
environment you create for yourself is essential to your productivity. A well
organized and de-cluttered workspace has tremendous psychological benefits in
addition to helping you be more productive. Staying organized helps you feel in
control of your day, boosts morale, and increases your ability to focus on what
matters. Following a few simple organizational tips can help you transform your
Most of us could benefit from a serious workspace purge. Remove any unnecessary clutter and rid yourself of any frivolous items that don’t add value to your work. Any nonessential item laying around your desk has the potential to be a distraction. Eliminating those distractions increases your ability to focus on tasks. Without fail, this is one of the most important things you can do to boost your productivity.
If you have an excess of necessary supplies like paperwork,
files, or tools that take up valuable desk space, consider using storage boxes and
containers to further simplify your workspace. Containers are life savers!
Properly organizing and labeling these necessary, but not frequently used
supplies, into containers on nearby shelves, in drawers, or stacked in closets
can further simplify your workspace.
Take an inventory of your essentials—the must-haves—and invest in an efficient desk organizer. Using an organizer with small drawers or compartments helps you keep things close without creating chaos on your desk. Store pens, post-its, notebooks, and even your phone within arm’s reach without sacrificing precious desktop real estate. If all you need are a few pens and pencils, a simple pencil cup is perfect for quick access.
Use file folder organizers
to keep paperwork tidy. These organizational space-savers are ideal for storing
folders, magazines, notebooks, planners, calendars, and all the miscellaneous papers
that seem to pile up. Your end goal is to organize these must-haves in a way
that minimizes distractions and maximizes efficiency.
Capitalize on Unused
You might not have full control over your work environment, but you can always look for space in, under, and around your work area to add value to your organizational efforts. Need more space for files and folders? Why not use a hanging pocket organizer that can be mounted to a wall or hung on a nearby door. Walls and doors are often under-utilized spaces that have plenty of storage potential.
What about the space under your desk? Getting yourself a few stackable containers or bins allows you to take advantage of the space under your work area to keep your supplies out of the way and you on the job.
Establish a Habit
One sure-fire way to maintain a productive workspace is to establish a habit of straightening up at the end of each day. Take ten minutes each day to put things back in their place. Properly tidying your workspace this way sets you up for a distraction-free, fresh start tomorrow.
Ultimately, have fun with it! Organizing your workspace doesn’t have to be a tedious job. In the end, you won’t just have a workspace that is pleasant to work in, but one that increases your productivity.
How do you stay organized? We’d love to hear your story!
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