According to a new research study conducted by Kelton Global, the physical workspace has a tremendous impact on the mental workspace in the modern office. Among the findings, 62% of survey respondents reported that having a cluttered workstation would make them unhappy on the job. Upon closer examination of the results, it was revealed that a cluttered workspace has an especially negative effect on women, of whom 70% said that having a cluttered work area would make them unproductive. By comparison, 55% of men felt the same way. How can you combat negative vibes at the office? Taking our tips for uncluttering your workspace is a good way to start.
Organize in Chunks
If your workspace is a mess then trying to clean it all at once will just frustrate you and set you up for failure. Instead, take it one area at a time. Spend 10 minutes a day or less tidying up one aspect of your work area and you’ll be able to get it all done stress-free in no time.
Keep Your Desk Cleared Off
The only items that should be on your desktop are your computer, your phone, and essentials that you use on a daily basis or that you are currently using regularly for a specific project. Adding décor to your space can be a great way to bring a touch of home to work, so consider hanging photos on your cubicle walls or investing in a magnet photo frame to hang on a metal cabinet.
Keep Desktop Accessories in One Small Area
You will probably want to keep some pens, business cards and other daily accessories on top of your desk too, which is certainly acceptable. To minimize clutter, try keeping all of these items confined to one space, perhaps with the use of a stylish tray.
Organize Papers in Folders and Files
Although offices are becoming more and more paperless with each passing year, most companies aren’t completely digital yet. Rather than letting paperwork and meeting notes pile up on top of your desk, sort them into a designated folder or file immediately. Filing cabinets are available in a huge assortment of sizes and styles from top brands like Sandusky and Hirsch, so you have plenty of options from which to choose.
Keep Your Personal Belongings Out of Sight
The addition of a wardrobe cabinet can be an excellent investment. Storing your winter coat, purse and other personal belongings in a wardrobe like the ones in the Sandusky modular storage system will help you stay focused and organized.
Throw Away What You Don’t Need
Why keep paperwork you’ll never look at again? Throw away anything you don’t need to keep around. Being a packrat will make staying organized much more difficult!
Sort Out Your Drawers
Shoving all of your odds and ends into drawers haphazardly isn’t the same as organizing your workspace. Not only should the visible parts of your desk be cleared and cleaned, but so should the insides of all of your drawers. Every item should have its rightful place, so take care to make a designated spot for even the smallest supplies, and keep them in an easy-to-find spot that you’ll be able to get to in a flash.
Unclutter Your Email
That’s right, the physical space around you shouldn’t be the only thing you keep organized. Having a messy inbox can be just as stressful or even more so. Create a to-do folder and set up alerts that remind you to get them done. Go through your inbox once a month or so to delete any old emails that don’t need to be saved.
Keeping your workspace clean and well-organized will allow you to stay on task and productive in the new year. The easy part is starting the process, but the hard part is sticking to it!