Sometimes keeping your workspace tidy and organised can seem like a never-ending battle. An untidy desk can reduce productivity while you hunt for important items and can make your feel less organised than you could be.
Often, though, this is because we only ever perform “maintenance” on our desks. We’ve already accrued a lot of stuff and occasionally we’ll have a half-hearted clear out. The answer is to tackle everything.
Start from scratch and work with these excellent tips on making your desk space work for you.
Ten top tips for keeping your workspace working for you
1 – Get rid of all your clutter.
That’s right, everything. Strip the desk back completely and bin, file, shred or store everything that you don’t use on a daily basis.
2 – Get your configuration right from the start.
Think about your workflow, and organise the layout of your desk to match.
3 – Sort your stationery.
Desk tidies, drawer organisers and storage compartments are your friends. Use them. Keep stationery handy but off your desk space.
4 – Use a physical inbox.
You couldn’t use email without one – make a physical one work for you too. Incoming papers go straight into the inbox, to be actioned as soon as possible.
5 – Make use of white space.
Leave yourself an A4-sezed free space to the left or right of your mouse, depending on which dominant hand you use. This is where you write notes and review documents before auctioning.
6 – Never put trash down.
We all do it – crumpled Post-Its and discarded bits of paper sit on the desk until we “have the time” to put it in the bin. Stop the practice by never putting trash down on the desk. Go straight to the bin every time.
7 – Prioritise current work.
Older work should be effectively filed, future work should remain in the inbox. The only work sitting on your desk should be related to your current task.
8 – Evernote your memos.
Evernote and other apps have made retaining memos easier than ever. Snap a photo and Optical Character Recognition (OCR) can transform it into an editable file, as well as tag and file it for future reference.
9 – Go paper-free.
Where possible, go digital. Use collaborative online work spaces like Google Docs, Dropbox Paper and shared network drives and files. Make it a process, not a habit, and get everyone else in sync too.
10 – Schedule regular cleaning into your working week.
This is no longer an option. Having completely overhauled your desk space, you need to keep on top of it. Once a week should do it for a full clean and disposal, but daily upkeep is worth scheduling too.
Next Day Solar Desks
Of course, the perfect opportunity to clear out your desk is to treat yourself to a new one. Next Day Solar Desks are stylish, long-lasting and come with a 10-year guarantee. A massive range of styles means there’s something to suit everyone.
Our Next Day Solar Desks also come with cable ports to help you keep your new desk layout clean and completely free of clutter. Check out the full range here.