It’s the first day of Spring (hello tulips, ramps and Redhook Breweries Mudslinger Brown Ale) and that means it’s also Spring Cleaning Time! For many of us, the weekend will be filled with decluttering, dusting and dumping in our homes, but don’t forget about the other space you spend so much of your time in, your office. It doesn’t take a research company to prove that there is a direct correlation between productivity and clutter. Although the National Association of Professional Organizations has done just that and determined that paper clutter is the number one problem in offices today. Studies suggest that the average person wastes over four hours per week just searching for papers. How could this not add to the stress level of your workplace?
So whether you’re working from your home office or in a cubicle, here are BanquetEvent.com’s top 6 tips for creating a more productive, clean, and organized workspace.
- Sort and File. Divide your workspace into specific zones and create a filing system. Choose a system that works for you, whether it’s metal stacking trays or baskets. Be sure to pick a method that you will stick with. A good rule of thumb for deciding what deserves the best real estate space on your desk it that the items you need often, pens, a notebook, B&E Event Resource Guide, should all be within an arms reach.
- Declutter. Get rid of old papers, magazines, and other unnecessary items that have been lying around your workspace. This also includes taking those empty coffee cups and Diet Coke cans to the kitchen to wash or recycle.
- Sort through the Junk Drawer. This gets it’s own number aside from the overall “Organize” because let’s face it, this is most likely the worst area of your office, and possibly, there’s more than just one. Toss those dried ink pens, sort through the post-it notes and try implementing a system just for these drawers. Drawer dividers give everything a place and make maintaining organization a snap.
- Organize your Desktop. Spring-cleaning your workspace isn’t just about the tangible items that are cluttering up your space. Organize your desktop icons, documents and emails. Organize your inbox like you would your paper files using folders, flags, or other functions available through your operating system.
- Dust and Disinfect. Use a microfiber cloth and disinfecting cleaner to wipe down all of your hard surfaces, including desks, chairs, tables, and shelves. Don’t forget about the phone, keyboard, mouse, printer, fax machine, and computer screen.
- Pleasure vs. Business. Many of us have the pleasure of telecommuting for work in today’s corporate world and it’s important to keep that home office free of distraction. Have a designated space for work mail and research tools and encourage housemates or family members to respect your space and keep their items out of your area.
Happy Spring-Office Cleaning!
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