Don’t you just hate it when you’re looking for something in your office but can’t find it because of all the clutter around you? It would annoy anyone, definitely. But it doesn’t have to be that way anymore. With these three general reminders, you can now bid goodbye to this work space horror.
Essentials Only On Desk
A messy desk affects your productivity at work. You won’t be able to focus on the task you are doing because clumps of paper, hard-to-find pens, dirty computer monitors and table top stains, will surely bug you. Every unnecessary material that is on your desk will add to the whole mess. Therefore, make sure you only have what you need on top of your work desk—the essentials. If you will unlikely need something, get rid of them. Keep it out of sight in the meantime.
Put these papers in your drawers or file them in envelopes or file organizers. Better yet, put them in a self-storage unit. If papers and other office materials are taking a huge space in your office, you can store them in these rented units to better manage your space. You can also archive your files, documents and papers in your rented storage unit.
Use Organizers and Containers
Put those pens and other writing materials in one container. You can let your resourcefulness and creativity play by using tin cans and food containers as pen case or holders. This doesn’t only organize them but they will also make your desk look more personalized, fun, and attractive.
If one of your problems is tangled wirings, use a desk-mounted cable organizer. Mounted ones are better since cables and wirings are placed in one place. Also, they allow your outlets to be at easy reach. You can as well use binder clips as chord catchers as an alternative.
In organizing your files and papers, labels are essential. These will spare you the burden of looking for the paper you need within the pile of others on your table, going through them page by page. You can label them numerically or alphabetically using tabs.
Manage Your Time
Usually, the cause of the mess you have on your work space is poor management of time. In rushing, you just stack all the things on your desk without even thinking if you have put them in the right place. What’s bad is you don’t go back to it to fix and organize them; you let them be until such time that it forms this bigger pile of clutter and confusion. So to prevent that, proper time management is important. Stress and pressure are two things you can’t avoid at work. But make sure you minimize this by setting time goals or to-do lists if that works for you. Don’t let these factors be an excuse for not being able to organize your work space as it should be.
Once you learn how to organize your workplace, you wouldn’t worry about why your pens go missing or undertake the painstaking task of going through every piece of document just to look for the one you need. It’s time-consuming, energy-draining, and downright infuriating. You have to know that a disorganized office or work area decreases productivity.