January 11 marks the national holiday of ‘clean out your desk day,’ and when’s better than the beginning of a new year to develop an optimized organizational system? If you’re still working from home while the winter rages on outside, nothing will improve your productivity and mental health like an efficient and organized workspace. Here’s a few tips to help you:
Store Items According to Prioritization
Nothing’s worse than ravaging your desk drawer trying to find your paper clips or an old business card from a six-month-old contact, right? Avoid this scenario by placing the items you need the most directly in your line of sight (in a cute storage box, ideally) and leaving the rest for your desk drawers or filing cabinets. If you’re not sure what you’ll need the most in your day-to-day, try this trick—on Monday, put everything on your desk on the floor. As the week progresses, keep everything you pick up on your desk. Everything else you didn’t touch all week gets put away.
Do you really need a paper calendar taking up valuable desk real-estate? What about that bulky memo pad? Are Post-It notes dotting your computer? We guarantee your laptop has ways you can digitize all the systems that keep you productive—why don’t you try these out? And instead of those family photos that can take up so much space, set the Christmas card picture as your computer background.
Put a System in Place
In order to become and stay organized, you’ll need a labelling and coloring system for your home office. Invest in a labelmaker and become very acquainted with it, since you’ll be needed it for the entirety of your organization journey. It’s important to keep this system up week after week, month after month.
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