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Tips to Keep Your Desk Clean, Organized & Productive

Is your desk a mess?

Do you return to more clutter than you remember leaving in the first place?

Don’t let your messy workplace impede your ability to get your work done.

Right now is the perfect time to reclaim control of your workspace and ensure everything is in its place.

Being well-organized has a host of advantages in your career. Here are our top tips for keeping your desk clean.

Here are 8 Tips to Help You Keep Your Desk Clean and Organized:

  1. Designate a Physical Inbox – We all have too many email inboxes, yet many people no longer have a physical one on their desk. You need one place for incoming papers to reside. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a mountain that covers your desk.
  2. Have a Trash Can Within Reach – If you have to get up from your desk to get to the trash, it’s too far away. (Trashcan paper toss is no one’s friend…) Ensure that you can easily and quickly reach the trash from your chair.
  3. Minimize Incoming Paper – Stop that incoming paper flood, or at least minimize it to the extent possible. Eliminate unnecessary papers by reducing the number of paper reports, and memos. If you don’t need something in hard copy, then stop it from coming to your desk and instead ask for a digital copy.
  4. Get Rid of Unnecessary Clutter – Do you really need all those knickknacks and office accessories laying all over your desk? If they serve a purpose then keep them. If not, then it’s time to take them home. You don’t have to go to the extreme of creating a sterile workspace, but if you are not using it, move it off your desk.
  5. Schedule Regular Cleaning Time – A clean desk is a happy desk. Make sure to take time to clean off your desk weekly. That way it will only take a few minutes. If you don’t then it could take hours to tidy it up. Don’t think you have time? Schedule it in and say on this day, at this time, I’m going to tidy up my desk.
  6. Never Put Trash Down – Never set trash down. You’ll forget to throw it out. Get into the habit of holding it in your hand until you can actually throw it away. (See #2) T that half-empty soda is an accident waiting to happen.
  7. When in Doubt, Throw It Out – You will never need 99% of the papers that you are saving. When in doubt, throw it out. Remember it. Believe it. Do it.
  8. Clean It Before You Leave It – If your boss were to come to your desk after you departed for the day, would you be proud of what he or she would see? One of the best times to clean your desk is the end of the day. It brings closure to your work day and sets you up for a clean start tomorrow.

An organized work area is a happy work area.

It starts by giving you space to get work done, instead of stacking new work on top of old papers.

Keep your desk clean and improve your productivity.

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