‘Less is more’ the saying goes. That is a rule, which applies to your office desk and the number of items you keep there. Some would like to counter that by saying the more clutter there is, the more of an intellectual you are, but that is not true.
To ensure maximum productivity and wellbeing on your workplace, you should work to reduce the amount of clutter present around you. A clean and decluttered office is going to support your wellbeing at work, so it is something to strive for. To that end, here are a few smart tips:
Instead of keeping your bills, financial statements and other such documents on your desk, you should go digital. This is a crucial step to take because it means less paper usage. Not only is it an eco-friendly approach, but also ensures that there is less clutter around. To that end, setting up auto-payment is probably a good idea. All you need is keeping a record of online statements if there is something you want to reference. As a nice side bonus, you will also save yourself quite a bit of time and effort.
Set some time to address clutter
If you are always on the go and don’t pay much attention to your desk, chances are it will soon enough become a clutter central. To prevent this, you should set aside some time to declutter. Don’t forget this also applies to your email inbox. Digital clutter can be just as stressful as physical clutter, and it is up to you to address it. Scheduling time to address these tasks means you will take them seriously and get the result you are after.
Remove visual distractions around your workstation
It is okay to keep a motivational sign around, but too many of these will only distract you from your work. Keeping things you need to see is much better for your work. That way, you will be better able to focus on the tasks at hand.
Clean out your work bag
Taking just a few minutes to remove the clutter from your work bag is important. That is because if you keep clutter there, it won’t take long before it finds its place on your desk. Take a moment to review the contents of the item and remove everything you don’t need. You will feel much better when you need to pull out your tablet without disgorging several other items inside.
Review your stationery items
Do you need to keep a cup of pens that you rarely use? The chances are that you don’t need to have 5 of them on your desk, or even in your drawer. Same goes for paper clips – when was the last time you used one of them? It is things like these that you can remove from your desk and free some space.
Make sure you keep no food there
Keeping food on your desk is just not a good habit to have. It probably makes your co-workers feel disgusted, plus it creates a chance to make a mess of the area. Crumbs in the keyboard are the least of your worries. There are also stains and splatters to think about, and that is one thing you want to avoid.
Obviously, these are just a few of the tips you can follow to reduce the amount of clutter on your desk and improve its look. If you’re interested to see more tips on how to participate in office cleaning, follow the link to our recent blog. It goes without saying that it will have a positive impact on your work there.