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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Organize Your Work Space To Improve Productivity


We've all been in the position where our work space gets cluttered and suddenly, we can't find anything we're looking for. Obviously, this can hurt your productivity. If you're in the middle of something and have to start frantically looking around your desk, you may even end up forgetting what you're doing. We are all guilty of cluttering up our work spaces, too. As much as we try to keep them organized, it seems to just happen. Since this is a problem that happens to most people, there are solutions. You may not like reorganizing everything, but you may have to. It could drastically improve your ability to function and to focus.

Trying to organize your desk and work space can be tricky. A good way to attempt this is by creating a flow. This means that everything has a specific place that it needs to be. When you use something, you put it back exactly where you took it from. Setting this in motion might help to keep you more organized. Or, you might end up just making a mess of everything. If that happens, it's time to start taking stuff off your desk. Think of the last time you used something. If it's been a while, there's a good chance you don't need it in your immediate space. Find everything you don't need a new home. Somewhere, anywhere, else. The less you have to keep organized, the easier it's going to be.

Labeling everything can be handy, especially if you have compartments or drawers. Simple white labels can be purchased at dollar stores and used to help keep you organized. If you don't have any of these compartments, try buying a few. There are handy ones that help store paperclips, thumbtacks and other small accessories. Then there are bigger ones that will store your pens/pencils etc. There are also combinations of both that will definitely help to keep your organized. You can also buy one of the small compartments with drawers to hold business cards, reminders, and upcoming appointments. Giving everything a home is the best way to stay organized with all of your belongings.

Another helpful tip for organization: Restrain your cords. You can use twist ties to keep them from getting tangled. You can use electrical tape to keep them from getting all over the place. We've all got that crazy cord issue. Getting them tucked away will make your work space look and feel more organized.

Finally, if nothing else works, you should try is resetting your work space. This means taking everything off your desk. Emptying your drawers. Nothing on shelves or sitting out. The only exception would be computer accessories you need, like a mouse and keyboard. Obviously, you can't do much about those. You need them and working might be hard without them. You're not going to put anything back right away, either. Instead, you're going to wait it out and see what you actually use in a typical day. Add things back to your workspace as they are needed. This will prevent you from overestimating the supplies you need and provide you with better insight about what you're actually using.