5 ways to improve your office organization

Home office space with white shelf and table

Are desk distractions preventing you from getting down to business? You’re not alone. Maintaining an office space where you can find items quickly and easily will allow you to be more efficient and productive. 

Clear your desk and your mind with our 5 office organization ideas

1. Place a ‘shred and recycle’ box beside your desk

Make it a priority to stay on top of any new paper that comes in and recycle or file it appropriately right away. Having a recycling box right beside your desk simplifies the process and keeps recycling top of mind. If you’re going through a backlog, be sure to shred and recycle everything you no longer need.

2. Reduce paper, go digital!

The most effective approach to dealing with paper piles is to avoid creating more of them. Be proactive moving forward and avoid printing unnecessary email correspondence, documents or invoices. If you do need to share a document, try to use digital versions instead of hard copies when you can. Not only will this keep your desk clutter-free but it also helps the environment, win-win! 

3. Take it one step at a time

When you feel overloaded, it’s tough to get organized. Instead of trying to perform a miracle and do everything in one fell swoop, take 15 minutes every day to make small improvements to your workspace. Whether it be sorting through your computer files, organizing a drawer, or filing a stack of papers, these small steps will result in a system that is sustainable year-round.

4. Jot everything down

How often do you ask yourself, “now what did I need to do next?” Minimize those moments and declutter your mind by using a calendar and to-do lists! The more projects and commitments you write down, the less you’ll have floating around in your head, which will make it easier for you to focus on your work. BONUS: This step will also eliminate post-it notes from cluttering up your desk, as everything will be put in one place!

5. Set yourself up for success tomorrow, today

Before the end of the day, take a few minutes to plan your to-do list for tomorrow. This will make a huge difference between organization and chaos the next morning.

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