Once you’ve been using a desk for a few months, whether at work or in a home office, you’ve probably accumulated so much ‘stuff’ that your productivity is starting to drop off just because of excess distractions, and more time spent trying to find what you need.
The old adage says that time is money, and simply organising your space is an extremely low-cost way to save yourself time and frustration.
To that end, then, here are four things to focus on to organise your workspace and improve your productivity.
This will fit into every other suggestion in some way because it all boils down to simply being willing to very aggressively declutter and organise your workspace. Start by taking an inventory of your desk and immediate area surrounding it, and consider which items you actually need instant access to. Printer toner is certainly important, but you will need access to it so occasionally that it can afford to be kept out of the way, rather than taking up ‘prime’ space on or in your desk.
Use aggregators and organisers on surfaces
This doesn’t necessarily mean going all-out and buying a bespoke commercial desk like one from http://simonkohnfurniture.co.uk/our-work/commercial/reception-areas-and-desks/, but it certainly is an option.
More usually, this means things like desk drawer trays or magnetic blocks to keep small metallic objects from being loose in the bottom of drawers, investing in a more organised charging station to keep your devices and cables in one place, or looking into a corkboard or whiteboard for reminders and note taking.
Keep most-used items close to hand
Like the aforementioned printer toner, move things you need only occasional access to away from your immediately accessible workspace and keep the things you constantly reference close at hand.
If you are stapling documents dozens of times a day, keep a stapler on your desk instead of tossed into a drawer. Regardless of what the objects you use are, look at keeping them on your desk or in your easiest to reach drawers.
Organise your space by function
To find things quickly, organise them by function as much as possible. That can mean one drawer being earmarked for pens, sharpies, and highlighters, and another being for staples, tape, and paperclips, or some other system that makes sense to you.