Did you know you could be losing an hour a day just to disorganization? Getting and staying organized can keep you more focused on your tasks, help you get more work done, and alleviate unnecessary stress.
Here are five tips for having a perfectly organized desk.
1. Make sure your monitor is an arm’s length away. First, make sure your monitor is about an arm’s length away from your body. This is not only for space but also for your eyes. You are less likely to get a headache from looking at your monitor if it’s further away, and it is easier to take those recommended breaks from staring at your screen.
2. Have a mousepad that does double duty. Next, because an office desk can be rather small, every item on your desk must be as functional as possible. Rather than have a regular old mouse pad, you can invest in a mousepad that is also a wireless cell phone charger.
3. Make space for pens, a notepad, and your cell phone. A functional desk will always have pens, paper clips, sticky notes, and more, and the best way to utilize these things effectively is to have them all contained in a desk organizer. This item is best placed on the non-dominant side of the desk so it doesn’t clutter up the dominant side.
4. Put a desktop calendar on your non-dominant side. Also on your non-dominant side, you should place a desktop calendar so that you can see your month and year at a glance. This can save you time when you’re on the phone or scheduling appointments.
5. Leave space on your dominant side. Finally, it’s important to leave room on your dominant writing side, so if you have notes to write or documents to sign, you have space to do so. Leaving the space is imperative to having a functional working area without causing more chaos.
Having a functional workspace can be the difference between a productive day and an unproductive day. If your workspace is cluttered and disorganized, then you can lose almost an hour of productivity every day. On the other hand, if you have an organized desk, you will be more productive and less stressed at the same time.