There are studies that suggest that a more organized worker is a more productive one but there are many variables that can impact those results. Organization is a relatively subjective concept and what it means to one person may be vastly different for another.
However, if your desk resembles this one:
there’s a possibility that a little more structure could yield positive results for you!
The good news is that it doesn’t have to be a complicated or lengthy process. It requires an initial investment in time and a commitment to follow a few simple steps thereafter. But when it’s completed, at the very least you’ll likely find it easier to readily locate the things you use throughout a typical day.
Some professional organizers suggest that you begin by clearing your desk of everything. When that’s done, decide on a method to sort through papers, documents and files that you can continue to use moving forward. One way to accomplish that is to assign a category to each item, e.g.: needs immediate attention, less urgent, etc. You might also consider purchasing in and out letter trays and pressing one or more file cabinets into service to facilitate that process.
There are as many ways to organize work materials as there are jobs so experiment with ways that work for you. The ultimate goal is to maximize clear space on your desk so keep that in mind when deciding what goes and what stays. Place plastic compartmentalized trays in the desk drawers to hold small office supplies such as paper clips, rubber bands, etc. If you don’t use it, don’t keep it. Store extra supplies away from your desk, in a closet or other unit dedicated to that purpose.
Have you found other ways to stay organized? If so, please let us know!