September 9, 2015
Many creative minds stand behind the idea that a messy workspace makes their workflow easier. Truth is- that only appears to be the case because the task of organizing the workspace is seemingly complicated. This is especially the case when different items are layered over each other in such a way that the person knows exactly where everything is.
Why fix what isn’t broken, right? Well, because in the long run, a clean and tidy workspace leads to better productivity. The hardest part is the first step. Once you get through it, upkeep is pretty easy.
Clean Your Surfaces
When was the last time you even saw the surface of your desk, shelves, and cabinets? Try to create organized piles, or containers of items to maximize clear, uninterrupted surface area. While you’re at it, organize those cables. Loosen up those knots, and bunch them together neatly such that they don’t get in the way or create a safety hazard.
Know That There Is A Place For Everything
Are you done using that stapler? Put it back in its place, not directly in front of you. Finished with the scissors? Put it back in its place. Otherwise there will come a point when you really need it, and will have trouble finding it. Get into the habit of placing items into their rightful places.
Most work settings have gone the digital route, which demonstrates little to no need for the use of paper. So do your best to create and store files digitally. Scan existing hard copy documents and save them in the cloud. You’ll quickly notice how this greatly reduces the mountain of clutter on your desk.
Create Special Areas for Special Items
Create designated areas for important items, or items due soon, or tasks that require the most TLC. Once these tasks are completed, move them over to the section for items that have been completed, to make it easy to retrieve.
Remove Personal Items
We understand your need to express your individuality, but the primary purpose of your workspace is to be your workspace- so treat it as such. The less distractions, the better. Okay, have a couple of pictures- but is it really necessary to have all those paperweights, snow globes, and sand gardens? They are taking up too much space!