In order to get things done, and to get the most out of your time in your workspace, it is crucial to be able to find the information and the tools you need. One great way to achieve this is to cut back on clutter – the mess that gets in your way and ultimately stresses you out.
The first tip is to make your workspace a workspace. Get rid of anything that doesn’t pertain to helping you get your work done, or which distracts you from your work. If you have to think about a certain object for more than a few seconds, then chances are that you don’t need it. Keep all of the essentials in easy reach.
Have a work filing system to keep papers and files off of your desk. While you’re “in the zone” it’s easy to let papers pile up on your desk and tell yourself that you’ll get to them later. This is all well and good, but make sure that you do get to them later. Have a filing system that’s efficient and organized.
Essential organizing items are another good thing to have. Examples are cork boards for loose pieces of paper that you need to have quick access to, a mail sorter for incoming and outgoing letters, and a calendar so that you can take a quick look at upcoming events.
Keep your office clean. This means taking ten minutes to pick up around the office, dust and put things in their place.
Organize your significant items. It’s OK to have personal touches like pictures, awards, moments of achievement, and special letters in the office, but it’s better to have them in places where they don’t get in the way, like in a box or photo album.
Following these tips is an excellent way to get going and keep going throughout your workday.