Are you feeling cramped in your office? It might be time to clear out some things and give yourself a little bit more elbow room. Too much clutter can really influence the way you work. If your workspace is disorganized, its likely you will be disorganized, and you won’t be as productive. Here are a few quick and easy way to clear the clutter in your office to improve productivity.
5. Question Everything
Declutter your desk. Do you really use everything on your desk? Most of the time we keep things on our desk just in case we need them. Keeping everything, you might need can really cause your desk to become cluttered. Get rid of everything you don’t use on a regular basis. Ask yourself: does this thing have a purpose? Do I use this enough to keep it? Having a clean place to work can help you to have a clear head. When you have a clear head, you will be more productive.
4. Create an organization system
Find a way to organize that works for you. There are several tools you can use to declutter your office help keep your workspace neat and organized. One option is to get a desk organizer so that all your small items aren’t rolling around in your desk. Have them in one centralized location. Another is to use file folders. Label the folders and keep them in a file cabinet to stay organized. One step further would be to color coordinate your file folders.
3. Declutter your inbox
Having a cluttered digital workspace can be just as stressful (if not more) than a physical workspace. According to LifeWire the average office worker receives 121 emails a day. That can be overwhelming just to open all those. Take your time and prioritize the emails that are the most urgent and respond to those first. If you need to complete tasks related to the emails make a list with the most important first and work down from there.
2. Create more Space
For the files and paperwork you don’t use that often you need to find a way to organize and keep it out of the way. The best way to do this are with file storage boxes. There are two popular options when it comes to this. You can use cardboard storage boxes these are cheap and lightweight. The other option is StaxonSteel storage files. These are heavy duty and can be stacked 10 high to maximize your storage capacity.
You might just have to much stuff to keep at your business. Your best option is to rent a storage unit. With a unit you still have access to your things but this way it is out of sight and mind. This is a perfect option for storing documents that need to be kept for several years. Also it is a great way to store those seasonal items to they aren’t in the way for the whole year. The storage unit we found that is best for us is Elite Storage.
We hope these tips help you to declutter your office and be more organized so that you can be even more productive!
Also read last months blog post if you missed it!