Does this picture look anything like your desk? Has your workspace become your storage space? My husband often says that a clear space is nothing but a catch-all. He’s not wrong ya’ll. For some reason, a clear space is the perfect place to put this down for “just a minute”. The next thing you know, there are piles of things and you know longer have a usable space.
What is this space for?
What kind of work are you doing in this space? I have two desks; one in my home office and one at my child care center office. While I do similar work in both spaces, I need a larger, clear space at my child care office. There, I sort paperwork, make copies, laminate, etc. In my home office, I am primarily using my computer and a notebook. I can use a smaller space there and less filing needed.
Looking at how you need to use the space will help you determine what you need or don’t need. Don’t do much writing? Eliminate extra pens, pen holders, etc. Can you add storage to the wall or underneath? How much space do you actively need to be productive?
What are your desk must haves?
You’ve determined how you plan to use this workspace. Now you need to tools to be effective. If décor is distracting, be a minimalist at your desk. Do you need file storage? Try to find storage options that multi-task to save space. Eliminate things that you don’t use frequently.
I often have many Traveler’s Notebooks that I work from. I only keep the ones that I work with at that desk. The other notebooks are stored in more appropriate spaces for their uses. . Color coding is part of my work lists, so it is important for me to have many different pens. My pen storage doubles as a notebook holder. This allows me to have a large free space for my computer and iPad.
Use the walls
Don’t forget to use your walls to your benefit. As you can see above, I have an iPad mounted next to my Skylight Calendar. This frees up desk space, but also makes the wall a work space. I can glance up at my schedule on my Skylight Calendar or use my iPad as a secondary screen while I work.
While I do not do a lot of paperwork in this space, I do have some paperwork I need to keep near. We mounted a vertical file holder on the shelf next to my desk. It is within reach, but doesn’t take away from my space.
Now that you have a clear, usable workspace, take note of what works and what doesn’t. Make those changes while you are working so you can improve your space.
Make your desk a NO CLUTTER ZONE. As soon as you are tempted to drop something off, take that extra minute to put it away. Don’t allow co-workers or family members to store things on your work space. You are less likely to get to work and be able to work well if your workspace is cluttered.
What is important for your workspace to look like?