No matter how creative your office desk may look like for you, for the rest is pure chaos. From papers and files stocked on the desk to countless reports, pens, and other gadgets scattered around, your office desk looks more like the Apocalypse than the work of a single person.
It is important to maintain a roomy and comfortable atmosphere in your desk in order to increase productivity and reduce stress levels. But how can you achieve that if your desk is constantly covered in papers and files? Here are some easy tips to not only clear your space but also to improve your creativity, and help you get rid of stress.
Take a picture
If you don’t think your desk looks like absolute chaos, the first thing you need to do is take a few steps back and take a mere picture of the way your desk looks now. If the picture triggers your inner OCD, it is high time you made a change. If you still don’t see anything wrong with your working place, try asking for the opinion of some of your colleagues. Most of the times, an outside pair of eyes will judge objectively and help you learn some new insides.
From paper clips to funny desk accessories, try to evaluate the entire content of your desk and get rid of the unnecessary items that have cluttering your desk for ages. From pictures with the family to post-it notes, and that totally useless yet fun accessory you received two Secret Santas ago, it is time to say goodbye to everything you won’t be using on a daily basis.
Sometimes, getting up from your desk and walking until the nearest trash can is a job that you’re not willing to take, so you often find yourself clustering items in a corner of your desk, waiting for them to pile up until throwing them away. Having a trash can right near your desk will help you easily get rid of notes and things that are useless, giving you the nudge you need to throw away things on a regular basis.
Invest in storage boxes
Think of your desk like a huge computer desktop. Where do you keep your digital files? Stacked up in special folders or scattered around the entire desktop, blocking your vision and creating additional stress? If your computer desktop is organized, why not try the same method in real life? Invest in some good storage boxes and keep your files organized. Throw them away as soon as you don’t need them anymore and try to only keep a digital copy of the important documents.