According to a 2014 Gallup poll, the 40-hour work week is pretty much dead. Instead, the average American full-time worker spends approximately 47 hours working per week. What does this mean for you, aside from the fact that you’re busting your tail in order to churn out projects and assignments? Well, it also means that you’re spending more time than ever in your workspace.
Needless to say, having a cleanly and organized workspace in which to be productive should also be more important than ever. Not only does an orderly desk boost your productivity, but it also impacts your professional reputation. In fact, a different study reported that 57% of American workers admit that the state of their colleagues desks strongly impacts their perception of them as employees.
Well, that’s all good party trivia. But, we all know that maintaining an organized workspace is much more challenging than it might seem. Luckily, I’ve rounded up four tips to help you out. Now, get cleaning!
1. Develop an organizational system that works for you.
All too often, we fail to maintain organization simply because we didn’t establish a great system in the first place. Perhaps you placed a file basket on your cabinet to collect all of your random paperwork. But, that basket always sits empty because you like to have your papers in a pile next to your computer. The file basket idea works great for Joe in the next cubicle over. But, it’s just not something you can stick to.
So, before implementing an organizational system on a complete whim, take some time to identify what would really work well for you. Move through your entire day or week, and jot down some notes on a few different items and ideas that would help you to keep your desk clutter free. Then, get to work on getting those things in place!
2. Set a regular cleaning day.
Even with the best system in place, things can still spiral out of control pretty quickly. So, mark a regular cleaning day in your calendar at least once a month. This is a time you have reserved for straightening up your clutter, dusting your computer monitor and keyboard, and getting rid of any random trash. Sure, maybe your desk will get a little messy now and then. But, this recurring appointment will help you ensure that it doesn’t last for long!
3. Do it now.
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You set something at the corner of your desk, and say to yourself, “I’ll take care of that later.” But, before long, you’ve done that 75 times and “later” never came. And, now you can’t even see the surface of your desk—much less use it.
Instead of putting things off, take the extra two seconds and put items away right when you’re handling them. It might seem like it takes more time, but it will actually save you precious time when your cleaning day rolls around and you don’t need to put back all of those misplaced items.
4. Regularly Disinfect
Unless you’re a complete germaphobe, you likely don’t think about how often you’re touching the items in your workspace. And, oftentimes, there can be many people touching them.
On your regular cleaning day, make sure you remember to disinfect your surfaces and equipment. Wipe down your entire desk and cabinet handles. Disinfect your phone receiver and computer mouse. It’ll make your entire space feel cleaner, and also help you prevent catching that nasty office cold.
Of course, maintaining a clean and organized workspace is important. But, that doesn’t always mean it’s easy. Use this tips for a desk that’s neat, tidy, and inspires tons of productivity!
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