Researchers say that geniuses like Albert Einstein, Mark Twain, or even FB founder Zuckerberg have a messy desk that would suggest a messy workplace promotes creativity.
Until your boss comes in and asked for a report, and you spend the next 5 minutes smiling and rummaging over piles after piles of folders and papers.
A disorganized work area or a messy desk not only promotes stress but also delays progress and efficiency. Books and office supplies should be in those stylish pigeon hole units, not your shoes. And yes, the desktop CPU is not a coffee cup holder.
A clean and organised workspace can help you work with a clear mind and alleviate additional stress unconsciously. You’ll find that letting go of a few things and reorganising things on top of your desk based on how often you use them can help you tremendously. Consider the following steps to help you regain the professional look of your work area.
Maximize “your” work area
Take a deep breath; look around. Most people say your house is a reflection of your personality, and your work area gives the same impression. Each space around that small office or cubicle screams out your name and as much as you want it to reflect your identity, make sure all its space is intended for items you need for your job daily.
Try to make every office tools available within your arms’ reach and office supplies close by and remember to put it back or store them back where they should be. If you have any knowledge base handbooks or manuals that are also available online, utilise your online resources instead to free up space.
Consider putting a file binder that is vertically inclined. This would help prevent you from piling up papers on top of each other.
Develop a system
Our minds work with object association, so develop a system where your mind can focus on what needs to be done. An organised work station can help your mind develop a system with the right attitude to get things done. By simply organising and labelling your files depending on their priority, your mind picks up eventually.
In between deadlines, emails, meetings, phone calls, and paper works, it’s hard to be mindful of the mess you make in between. It takes a lot to maintain a clean desk, let alone an organised work station. We all want that piece of something that would remind us of why we are working in the first place – like a family photo right on that desk. That is fine, but excessive personal items in a work area get in not only the way of work flow efficiency but also a distraction.
Be mindful of open spaces that have the highest probability of accumulating clutter as it becomes an “I’ll just leave it here for now” area. Make it a habit to clean up after shift and tidy up a bit before leaving the office.
Professionalism is a choice, not a skill. And it goes to show an organised work area reflects your work ethics and attitude. A clean, organised work area leaves an impression of dependability and at the same time helps you focus on what needs to be done.