I am not the most organised person in the world, in fact I can do “messy” with the best of them! But one thing that has had a huge impact on productivity this year has been to better organise my work space.
A clean, inviting workspace will not only increase your productivity but it will also boost your mood as you work.
For me, it is about having a comfy chair, my computer set up at the right height for my eye level (so I am not kinking my neck all day) and a tidy desk, with notepads and calculator at the ready.
If you are making products make sure your supplies and tools are easy to access, and easy to find. Keep your workspace clean and ready, so you can focus on getting down to business.
This might seem like such an obvious suggestion, but pay attention over the next few days to how much time you
spend waste, looking for simple tools like the stapler and the sticky tape. If this is enough to drive you mad, the tips below will help you sort it out.
Here are some tips on how to shape up your workspace;
1. Clean out chuck out!
Go through your drawers shelves and cupboards and find all the empty tape roles, gross bits of glue stick and the charger for the phone you lost 4 years ago. Toss them! Clean out the space and only put back the things you need during your work day.
2. Get the camera ready.
Sounds strange but photos have a way of telling the clutter story much clearer than we do with our own eyes. If you want to tidy up but don’t know where to start take a few happy snaps of your office and let the pictures show you where to start. If you are still not sure where the clutter needs your attention most, show your pics to a friend – they are bound to point them out to you!
4. Start each day off fresh.
There is an element of messy and chaos that is inevitable, god knows I am messy when I am getting creative, but take the time at the end of each day to set the space up so it is ready and inviting for you to come back to tomorrow. Not only will this save you time in the morning but it will get your day starting out on a positive note.
5. Make the space your own.
Tidy is good, organised is great! But you still want to feel at home and happy in your creative space so make sure you add things to the area that are just there to make it more your own. It might be a vase on your desk or a candle, perhaps some art or family photos on the wall, whatever it is that makes you smile.
Improving the way you feel has a huge impact on your productivity. And adding personal touches are the only way to do that. Try the tips above for a week or more and you will find that a more organised space also makes you feel happier and more excited about the work at hand.
Got any of your own tips to help others organise their workspace? Share them in the comments below so we can all learn off each other.
PS – In case you are interested, here is a quick snapshot of my workspace.