Productivity at work begins and ends in the same place – your workspace. If you are sitting down to start your work day at a cluttered desk, and you find yourself spending valuable work hours searching for misplaced files and lost emails, then it’s time to make a change. With some simple office organizing tips, you can turn your desk into a productive workspace. Here are this NYC Professional Office Organizer’s strategies for creating a productive work desk.
Start from scratch. The first step is to clear off your entire desk and then put back only the items you use all day long. This includes your computer or laptop, your phone, an inbox and outbox, and maybe one or two pictures. That’s it! Keeping items off your desk leaves space for you to work and create.
Purge what isn’t needed. This is a great opportunity to look at what you have on and in your desk and get rid of items you no longer need. Throw away old notes that are no longer applicable, get rid of office supplies that don’t work or that you don’t use, and move personal items that have been on/in your desk to a shelf or desk drawer away from your work space. Keep only items that you currently use in your desk.
Figure out a flow. Utilize the drawers of your desk for your office supplies and files that you use regularly. Think about each item and how important it is for your day-to- day tasks. You want quick access to items you use often. So put supplies like pens, staples, paper clips, whatever items you may use most often in a top drawer. Use drawer dividers inside drawers to keep supplies separate and organized. Don’t clutter your drawers just for the sake of getting stuff off your desktop!
Important tips to remember:
● Items that you don’t use often can be stored elsewhere in your office, like a filing cabinet or a shelf.
● Make sure every item has a home. If you don’t assign a specific spot, then all of a sudden your desktop will become the home for everything!
● Take a few minutes at the end of every work day to put items back in their proper places. Don’t save it for tomorrow. Do it now so when you get into work in the morning you can immediately focus on the day’s first priority!
Creating an organized desk is imperative to increasing productivity at work. How productive are you in your space? Take a few minutes to complete this NYC Professional Office Organizer’s free productivity assessment.