Having an organized workspace is a key element to success. Whether you are using a calendar or planner to keep your meetings top of mind, or a standing to-do list to remember key tasks for important projects, having things in order is a sure way to succeed. In fact, 90% of Americans believe that clutter has a negative impact on their lives & work. Below, we outline several ways staying organized will enhance your ability to work more efficiently.
Remember Important Tasks
To ensure you complete important tasks in a timely manner, we suggest having a designated inbox/outbox location on your desk, or a nearby filing cabinet or shelf. The same way you can organize your virtual inbox, we suggest you manage physical things coming & going from your desk. If you know what items still need to be addressed with a quick glance, it will save you time and lessen your likelihood of forgetting a key task.
With the workload you’re faced with each day, organizing your desk may seem like a waste of time. When you take the initial time up front to organize your workspace you are setting a foundation to not waste time in the future. When everything has a designated place, you will waste less time switching between projects & tasks.
Always remember – nothing inspires creativity more than a blank slate! Having a clean desk allows you to focus on the task at hand, at any given moment. If your desk is scattered with un-finished business, you will be bombarded with looming projects at every turn. An organized workspace = success.
Less Clutter Reduces Stress
The more unnecessary items that litter your desk – piles of papers, napkins or snacks, loose notes – the more likely you are to be distracted. Distraction not only pulls your focus from the task at hand, it also has the tendency to contribute to a feeling of being overwhelmed. Having an organized space will reduce unnecessary stress, and allow you to face key projects with a clear head & a positive attitude.
Organization Communicates Professionalism
Your desk is a visual representation of your level of professionalism. Having a clean & tidy workspace is important whether you are entertaining a co-worker, potential partner, or your boss. We recommend limiting your desktop items to the things you use on a daily basis.
The first step is often the hardest one. Once your workspace is tidy, the more likely you will be to keep it that way. Whether your motivation is staying on task, saving time, or creating opportunity for increased creativity, we urge you to create an organized foundation sooner rather than later. Your quality of work, your clients – and maybe even your boss – will thank you!