If you ever sit down at your desk and are instantly overwhelmed and confused….you’re not alone. Unfortunately, a lot of us have disorganized desk space. A disorganized desk leads to lower productivity, so it’s time to take the messy desk in hand. Pull up a seat and learn some tips and tricks to help improve your desk organization.
Here is how your desk should be organized to achieve the utmost productivity:
- Every desk has either a laptop or computer monitor. Make sure that you position the screen at eye level, and preferably 17 inches away from you. This rule provides for the optimum comfort as you sit and as you look at the screen for hours each day.
- Place your most-used items to the right side of your computer screen or laptop, unless you are left-handed. You want things like your phone, pens and calculator near your dominant hand.
- The only desk supplies that should actually sit on the desk are those things you use daily. All other items need to be stored in the drawers or a nearby shelf. Group similar items together for the most efficiency.
- Experts recommend that you only keep two or three personal items on your desk. Though things like family pictures and other mementos can help boost your mood, they can also be a distraction.
- Keep some space near your dominant hand free and open for reviewing assorted papers that may come your way throughout your work day.
- Just as with the items you use daily, only store active documents on top of your desk. Everything else needs to be filed away.
- Make a goal to declutter your desk weekly so the desk organization level stays high. Some people like to declutter on Monday morning before beginning a new week, and others prefer to declutter on Fridays just before starting the weekend. Do whichever works best for your particular style, but be sure to do it.