Keeping your work area free of clutter is essential. Your work area is where you spend a large portion of your day, and an untidy, cluttered desk can cause chaos and add to your stress levels and anxiety at work.
To get started with your work area, begin with the desk surface. Desks can get dusty and dirty quickly, so before you begin to sort through the items stored in and on your desk, the best thing to do is clear everything off it and wipe it down so that you’ve got a nice, clean area to work with.
Assemble all of the items found on and in your desk on the floor, and sort them into piles to determine what you need and what you can throw out. If you have a lot of papers on your desk, shred anything that you don’t need any longer – you’d be surprised at how much space paper can take up! Aim to go paperless as much as possible by storing electronic versions of files instead.
Labelling things on your desk can make it much easier to navigate and keep on top of. Designate drawers for different items or projects, and set up a basic alphabetic filing system. Try to keep flat surfaces as clear as possible and have an inbox system for all incoming papers so that they don’t get tossed on your desk.
Lastly, take a look at your computer and see if that needs to be decluttered as well. Get rid of any files and programs which you no longer need or use, and set up an easy-to-use filing system on your computer so that you can access files which you need quickly.
You’ll also be surprised at how much faster your computer will run once you’ve deleted any unnecessary files and programs – slow running computers tend to add to a lot of stress at work, so keeping it clear of clutter can help your work day run more smoothly.