The saying goes something like, “cluttered desk, cluttered mind,” meaning the converse should also be true. And when the deadlines and paperwork start to pile up, so does said desk clutter, potentially stifling one’s ability to think or write clearly and effectively.
The solution? Start with a clean slate — literally. Purge, organize, label and tidy up your workspace to tackle your task list with a clearer, more focused mind. The above infographic from Greatist illustrates a few easy changes to promote productivity, such as:
- Move the supplies and items you use most frequently to the drawer closest to your dominant hand for easy access.
- Instead of filing away everything, opt for digital copies and save only essential hard copy documents.
- Use twist ties or office supplies to tidy up piles of extra-long cords. (We love this utilization of binder clips.)
- Reserve the bottom drawers and cabinets for occasionally used items.
- Package or organize files, magazines and other media into boxes or storage cabinets in order to maintain as much desktop visibility as possible.
“A messy workspace can make it more difficult to relax and make it seem like our work is never-ending,” says the health and lifestyle website. “Take 15 minutes or so to tidy up the living space or work area, and then make a habit of keeping things clean and anxiety-free. It’ll help us think rationally, and there won’t be as much room for anxiety.”
For more on making your workspace work for you, check out these four ways to use Feng Shui in the office.