Since we’re still in the spirit of a “New Year, a new you”, we thought we’d concentrate on our workspace this week. As much as it’s important to focus your efforts on keeping your home clean and fresh, it’s just as important to keep your workspace the same, not only for cleanliness reasons, but also to increase productivity.
Think about it, once you’ve given your home a good once over, you always feel so much better – cleaning your work desk and its surrounding area will do just the same. If you work in an office environment, you’ll find yourself spending a heavy majority of your week surrounded by your computer, desk, phone and anything else that accumulates on your desk.
We’re not sure about you, but we always feel that extra bit stressed and unmotivated when we have a cluttered workspace. We’ve detailed a quick and easy plan for you to tidy up your desk which will instantly make you feel more calm and destressed.
Assess what you use on a daily basis and what you could store away/recycle.
- Purchase medium sized and attractive storage containers/trays/boxes that you can stack on your desk, and store the non-daily pieces of paper/notebooks.
- If you have drawers under your desk, make sure you’re using them effectively. Each drawer could have a different purpose – a “constant use” drawer, a “non-daily use” drawer and a “rare use but still important” drawer. This will allow you to access certain notes/files at a much quicker rate.
- Do you have notes all over the place? You probably think you need them all displayed on your desk just in case you need quick access to them – but be realistic for one minute and admit you probably haven’t used those notes (which were taken from a meeting you had two months ago), in a long time. Time to store!
- Dedicate a section of your desk to stationery, one notepad (with multiple dividers) and a ring binder with punched binder poly pockets. Keep all important documents which need to be easily accessibly in this ring binder.
- Finally, apply some anti-bacterial spray to your desk and give it a good clean to rid any built up germs. Similarly, use some computer-friendly anti-bacterial wet wipes on your keyboard, mouse and phone – these definitely need a good clean, think about how often they are used!
Why not take a picture of your workspace before and after your clean? Tweet or Facebook us your photos!