5 Tips To Set The Stage For A Productive Work Space
You can’t increase your productivity by reading a book or taking a class.
You actually need to take action. The first thing you need to do is to “set the stage.”
Nothing’s going to happen until you do.
Setting the stage is all about taking action to clear the clutter.
After that’s done, you’ll start to see the effects — increased productivity.
Let’s focus on some basic components of your work environment.
A cluttered and messy office is no place to expect your best work.
And, while some people believe that’s where they get their best work done, imagine what they could accomplish if working in a completely upgraded environment!
Here are some simple tips for helping you to create an environment for success.
Remove everything from your desk and put it in its proper place such as filing cabinet or desk drawers.
If you find things that shouldn’t be in your office, then take them to wherever they belong and put them away.
If you find things that have “no home” right now, put them in a container you can close, so you won’t need to look at them.
Remember the old adage, “Out of sight, out of mind.” In this case, that’s a good thing!
Bonus tip: Get rid of anything not used in the past 12 months. If you haven’t used it odds are you never will.
Remove everything from your desk and wipe it down with a clean cloth. If you have a wooden desk, use a wood cleaner with a nice fragrance.
Before putting anything back, check each and decide whether it deserves a spot on the desk.
If it doesn’t, put it somewhere else or get rid of it. The cleaner you keep your desk, the less visual distractions you’ll have.
Bonus tip: Your mouse and keyboard is a breeding ground for germs. Clean them thoroughly using a cloth and disinfectant.
If you have scraps of paper and post-it notes lying around, decide what you have to keep and what you can put in the bin.
If you really need the information, type it up and store on your computer in a digital file. If you prefer writing things down, invest in a journal. Keeping things together in one place makes it easier to find.
Bonus tip: If you have things written on them that you refer to often, keep them in a one-page document on your desktop, or written in your journal.
Go through any items or boxes you have lying around the office.
Again, get rid of anything not used in the past 12 months.
Where possible recycle paper and anything else recyclable.
Bonus tip: Take a look at the books in your bookcase. Donate or gift those that you also have in digital format.
There are many schools, libraries and charities that can benefit from book donations.
Along with technology came its own kind of clutter.
Get into the habit of only having those tabs you are currently working in open.
Avoid distractions by not having social media tabs or your email open.
The fewer tabs you have open, the less chance you have of getting distracted.
Bonus tip: Switch off your smartphone and any other gadgets you don’t need for the task at hand. You’ll be more productive and get more work done a lot faster.
By putting these 5 tips into action, you’ll be able to de-clutter your work space and turn your office into a place where you are super productive.
The results will astound you!
Not only will you be able to focus better, you experience less anxiety and have more energy.
Spending a bit of time now to set the stage for a productive work space will pay big dividends in the future.
Keep an eye out for the next post when we’ll look at How To Plan Your Day & Increase Productivity.
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