Does your workspace look like a tornado hit it? Reports are on one corner of your desk and current work is spread across the keyboard. Yes, you know you have an appointment coming up. And you can’t find your calendar under the mess! What do you do?!
Clearly, you need to learn how to organize your workspace!
Having an organized workspace can do more for you than make your desktop look better. Being organized can help you be more productive and reduce the amount of stress you feel when you get to work, during the day, and when you leave for home.
Organizing your desk may take more time than you have available during your workday. Ask your boss if you can come in on your own time to clear and organize your desk. They’ll appreciate your desire. After all, organizing your workspace benefits them as well as you.
The old saying goes “a place for everything and everything in its place.” Decide where each item goes and then leave it there unless you’re actively using it.
Keep in mind that your goal is to have an organized desk. This doesn’t mean it has to be totally cleared off. You only want to have space so you can function.
If you’ve noticed something that will help you become more organized, don’t be afraid to ask your boss to pay for it. Your increased productivity will more than pay for the item in the long run.
After you have your desk organized, do what you can to keep it clean. Decide what you’re going to do with each item as it’s placed on your desk. Use the tickler file if you have paper. Instead of setting aside for things to deal with later, write important dates on your calendar asap.
It can be so easy to keep your desk clear once you’ve learned how to organize your workspace. Put things back in their home when you’re done with them. Take the last five minutes of your day to straighten your desk and it will hopefully stay that way from here on out.