‘Tidy desk, tidy mind’ is a common quote among tidy office workers. And it has been proven that tidy desks and offices do have a positive effect on workers. Despite this, many office desks are more reminiscent of teenagers’ bedrooms than sleek, tidy spaces that will instil a focussed work ethic. We understand that in busy offices it can be difficult to keep workplaces clean and tidy, but with a little bit of effort, you can have the workspace you’ve always dreamed of. Just follow these simple tips:
Dedicate 10 minutes each week to have a clear out
Whether it be on a Monday morning before the caffeine kicks in, during that Wednesday lunchtime lull, or on a Friday afternoon just before home time, dedicating 10 minutes to get rid of scrap bits of paper that are of no use, food wrappers, out of date files and ancient post-it notes can really make a difference when it comes to freeing up your desk space.
Invest in folders
Is paperwork imperative for a specific job? Then file it away in a dedicated folder. You’re less likely to spend time filing useless pieces of paper away than you are important documents. So not only will this cut down on the amount of paper clutter you have around you, but you’ll also be able to put your hand to said documents when you need to.
Get a desk tidy
Desk tidies are great for keeping pens, pencils, paperclips and notebooks in one place. Not only will you be reaping the benefits of a tidier desk, but you’ll also be the office hero when someone suddenly wants a pencil sharper or a hole punch.
Get a bin
If you have a bin at the side of you, you’re infinitely more inclined to use it than if you have to trek to the opposite side of the office to dispose of your rubbish. It may need emptying a few times a week, but your desk will look always look spick and span.
Operate a paperless office
Although computers can get clogged up with files and folders, it is much easier to sort through these as they are labelled clearly and concisely. Therefore, saving work on computers instead of printing them off to physical pieces of paper can save you valuable time sifting through what is relevant and what isn’t. Files on computers are also much less distracting as they aren’t on show all the time so are less likely to pique your interest and attention away from the job in hand.
Do you have any tips for those struggling to keep their desk in order? Let us know!