Let’s face it, many of us dream of having a home or office space with everything tucked away neatly in its place, or cabinets that look like Martha Stewart invaded them. But, the reality is that for most of us we live with clutter.
Disorganization can have a negative impact on both our mood and efficiency. It causes stress and anxiety that can have a ripple effect in all parts of our life. However, putting the effort forth to be organized can pay off big time. People who work in organized spaces typically accomplish more, have reduced stress and improved concentration. Here are a few tips to help you reduces stress and improve your workspace.
1. Know your work style – Figure out what kind of environment you work best in and then tailor your work space to fit that style. For instance, some people work best when clutter is out of sight. You may want to invest in office furniture with doors that hide away items you don’t want to see.
2. Make a place for everything – Investing in some drawer organizers will assure that you will spend less time looking for things and more time working. Hint: Tape a picture of the item or the name of the item at the bottom of each drawer compartment using clip art to remind you what belongs in that bin.
3. Keep unwanted items out – Sort through papers immediately and decide what to do with them. You may find it helpful to sort it into categories: Toss It, To-Do, Pass It, Put It Away. This will keep you from dealing with endless piles of unwanted mess.
4. Store items by purpose and use – Those items you use daily should be kept within arms reach, while items you use less frequently can be stored on shelves out of reach. Assign categories to items and keep all like items in that space.
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