Transform Your Workspace into a Factory of Productivity
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 transform your workspace into a factory of productivity.
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.
Use Desktop Organizers
Take an inventory of your essentials—the must-haves—and invest in an efficient desktop organizer. Using an organizer with small drawers or compartments helps you keep things close without them 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 cup holder is perfect for quick access.
Use file folder organizers to keep paperwork tidy. These organizational space-savers are ideal for storing file folders, magazines, notebooks, planners, calendars, and other slim items. Your end goal is to organize these must-haves in a way that minimizes distractions and maximizes efficiency.
Capitalize on Unused Space
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 can be used to enhance your workspace.
What about the space under your desk? Getting yourself a few stackable containers or supply 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.