Is your desk a mess? Do you return to more clutter than you remember leaving in the first place?
Side note: Piles of paper DO NOT = An organised workspace!!
A disorganised and cluttered workspace can make work/study more irritating, difficult and complicated than it has to be. A tidy, organised workspace is conducive to working productively and maximising your time and potential.
In an ideal world I would have a separate room to study in – filled with light, air, plants and all my study materials organised in a specific and logical way. However, the reality of still living at home as a full time student means that I have to make do with just a small desk in my room. Here are my top 5 tips to keep your workspace clean, organised and productive.
Re-Evaluate Your Belongings
Rationalising the amount of ‘junk’ on your desk is essential to creating a productive and visually appealing workspace. I try to keep the bare minimum on my actual desk surface – my MacBook, two photos, a desk lamp, a candle and a jar of pens. Personal items can look nice, but they also have the potential to be very cluttering – keep them to a minimum!
Have A Rubbish Bin Within Reach
Although it sounds obvious, a rubbish bin is an important organisational tool for your workspace. It acts as a sorting machine, and will help you to avoid those piles of papers stacking up on your work surface. As soon as you no longer need something simply throw it out! You have a limited amount of desk space – so use it wisely. Also, be in the habit of cleaning up throughout the day – throw out lolly wrappers, used stick-it notes, old mail etc. When in doubt, throw it out! If something turns out to be super important (which it more than often doesn’t) – you will always find out a way to obtain it again later on.
Avoid Eating At Your Desk
If possible avoid eating (at least messy, juicy, crumby foods) at your desk. I like to keep a small bowl of nuts and dried fruit to snack on – it doesn’t take over my desk, get on my computer, nor do I risk ruining important pieces of paper.
In this day and age, printing off stuff is quite unnecessary. Information is instant and constant, by the time you print something off, it’s generally already become irrelevant. Try to only print off important documents, and keep the printing off of emails etc. to a minimum. Paper is the ultimate clutter generator and I guarantee you don’t know what 75% of the documents are sitting on your desk in disorganised stacks!
Clean It Before You Leave It
After a long day of work or a boring session of study, most people can think of nothing worse than cleaning/tidying up your workspace. However a quick tidy up acts a definitive end for the day and is a great way to switch your mind into relaxation mode. Put away stationary, turn your computer off and throw away any useless pieces of paper or rubbish. Once your desk is packed up you can turn your mind off the task at hand, and relax knowing that everything is ready to go the next morning.
Keep it simple. You don’t want to be overwhelmed with colours, patterns and textures at your workspace. I recommend neutral or greyscale tones, straight lines, and natural/organic materials.
I do not own nor lay claim to any of these images, they have all been sourced from various Pinterest accounts.