Getting rid of clutter is one of the best things we can do to make a more efficient work environment. For some people, this is a daunting task. If you tend to accumulate clutter, or are embarrassed about it, this task can best be done on a weekend, and with a friend.
In this lesson, we will step you through how to organize your workspace, focusing on your desk and your files. We recommend that when you schedule time for this task, you double it. An hour to clean out our office never seems to be quite enough, so allow yourself the luxury of two hours instead.
Surface of the Desk
Look at your desk. The object is to purge both the work surface and the contents of the desk. If the surface is already clear, that’s great! However, if there are items on the desk, ask yourself if they are necessary and/or in an effective location.
Your first step should be to get rid of things that should NOT be on the desk. Check everywhere. Look under the blotter, on the walls surrounding the desk, in trays, etc. Collect all bits and pieces and de-clutter by noting the information in an appropriate spot and discarding it.
Contents of the Desk
Then move to the contents of the desk. Focus first on the tools you use, such as pens, pencils, and erasers.
Check to make sure of the following: