When it comes to spaces in your life that need to be the most conducive to productivity, your desk is a major player. Whether it’s your desk at home, or your desk at work, the things kept on, in and around your desk are very important. With proper placement, and judgment when it comes what to keep and what to toss, you can get your desk in order for ultimate efficiency.
Take a look at our suggestions below for getting your work space working for you!
Keep Important Things Within Reach
When it comes to deciding what should be placed where on/in your desk, the very first thing you should consider is how often you use a specific item. Things likes pens and a notepad should always be kept close at hand, phones should be kept on your dominant side so you’re not reaching over awkwardly during timely operations, and other less important items that aren't used typically during daily processes, can be stowed away or kept off/out of your desk.
Divide & Conquer Your Drawers
A drawer can very quickly go from organized to disastrous, and this is especially true of desk drawers. When you’re indiscriminately throwing miscellaneous pieces of paper, office supplies, personal items and other things into a drawer, it can feel nearly impossible to find the thing you’re looking for when you need it. Use organizational tools like dividers and small baskets to keep your drawers systematic.
Write It Out On A Whiteboard
Keep your thoughts and ideas straight with a whiteboard posted up near your desk. This whiteboard can be used to track spontaneous inspirations, things to do checklists, important names and phone numbers to remember, and whatever else you need to be reminded of. There are many different whiteboard options out there to choose from, some consisting of just the whiteboard you can write on, and others with peg boards and other extensions. Pick the one that goes best with your organizational needs!
Properly Place Paperwork
Instead of wasting time reading that same piece of paper over and over again, after reading, place that paperwork into a filing cabinet, “to-do” pile or discard it completely if it is unnecessary to keep. You can also cut out paper clutter by creating a digital filing system where you can easily search for the things that you need and not take up physical space in your office or on your desk.
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Get Rid Of Unnecessary Distractions
Sure, it’s fun to personalize your workspace with photos, tchotchkes and writing utensils of every size, shape and color, but in reality these items are more of a distraction than they are useful. Keep your desk decor to a minimum to cut out clutter and avoid excessive distractions.
Work Your Way Up
While most people focus on the space on and inside of their desk, there is also wall space to consider! Utilize your vertical space by adding in things like shelves for books and binders, suspended file organizers and hung up clipboards.