5 Office Organizing Tips That Will Take You From Cluttered to Productive
One of the great time management tips is to work from a clean desk, and in an organized workspace.
Just as an excellent chef cleans up the entire kitchen before and after cooking, you should organize your workspace completely before you begin your work.
5 Office Organizing Tips
Follow these organizing tips and infographic to double your productivity in the office.
1) Organize Your Desktop
Put all of your documents away in the appropriate files, both physical and online. Keep your computer desktop clean. If you cannot see your screensaver, there is too much on your screen.
2) Focus Only on Your Current Task
Deal only with your current task. Try to have only one item in front of you whenever possible.
Many people believe that they work more effectively in a messy work environment with a cluttered desk. However, every study that has been done with these people shows that when they are forced to clean up their work environment so that they have only one task in front of them, their productivity doubles and triples, usually over night.
3) How to Organize Your Desk With Proper Supplies
Get organized and stay organized. Make sure your office supplies and materials are fully stocked and available at hand. You will find that nothing is more destructive to efficiency and effectiveness than having to start a job and then stop, and then start again, for lack of proper preparation or supplies.
4) Declutter Your Life and Your Desk
People who work with cluttered desks are found to spend an enormous amount of each working day looking for the materials they need among the clutter around them. Psychologically, the sight of a cluttered desk or office provides visual subconscious feedback that reinforces your perception that you are disorganized. It leads to continuous distraction as your eyes and your attention dart from item to item, and back again.
5) Keep Your Email Organized
Keep your inbox clean and organized. If you don’t need an email, delete it. Pick a couple times during the day to answer all of your emails at once. Don’t just answer them as they come. Keep your inbox in check and don’t let email overload control your life.
When you follow these tips for yourself, at the very least, clear your work space by putting everything on the credenza behind you, or on the floor, or even in boxes. You will be amazed at how much more productive you are as the result of simple cleanliness and a well ordered work space.
Remember: “The key to success is to always work from a clean desk.”