Uncluttering Your Workspace

by Shenron on September 30, 2009

We’ve been asked to cover some topics regarding productivity in the past few weeks and we’re finally getting around to it! We know that not everyone out there is looking to find a new job or needs tips on how to improve their current performance. For that reason, we’re going to look at work as a whole and how improving your workspace can help you be a better employee or boss and get the ideas flowing to move forward. A messy desk or work area is the reason behind so many falters and problems in an office so getting rid of some of the clutter will help you be more organized and feel rejuvenated to start working again.

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1. The first thing you’re going to want to do is get rid of that mound of papers that’s on your desk. You know, the stack that just keeps growing? Yeah, that one that you haven’t touched in weeks. Find a filing cabinet or drawer somewhere and organize some things. Once you have the papers off of your desk, look at all of those loose candy wrappers, scrap papers, and pens that you have lying around. Put them away. You should get the general idea. All you should have on your desk is your computer monitor and the papers you’re currently working with. While your new desk space will be visually appealing, it will also help unconsciously now that you have places to put things and places to work from.

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2. Once you’ve got your desk space nice and tidy, the next place to clean up is your mind. Write down all of the things you have to do in the foreseeable future and work on one at a time. Getting rid of those ten activities you feel you have to do all at once will help in the long run. While you may think you’re not getting enough done, just watch. De-cluttering your mind to do one thing at a time in your newly cleaned desk space will increase productivity ten-fold.

3. The last but most important tip is to reevaluate the tools you need for the job. There are plenty of things you can use to do the same task but getting rid of all of the bells and whistles in a notepad or computer desktop can really help you focus. With all of that extra information coming in it’s often hard to stay focused on what you have to do. Eliminating those extra buttons and frills that make their way into everyday life is quintessential.

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