A cluttered desk can significantly hinder your productivity. If you can’t find an important file or even find a space for your laptop, you will waste precious time. As an artist, you know that your time is valuable. Here are some organization tips to help make your workday a little bit easier.
6 Desk Organization Tips
Organization Tips – 15 Minutes a Day
Do you every feel like you are spinning like a top?
Do you wish you had a nickel for every time you asked, “Where did I put that…?”
Keeping a clean desk is key to getting your work done.
Wouldn’t you rather be in the studio creating art instead of flipping through stacks of paper?
Fortunately, decluttering your desk is easy and possible.
Once you get in the habit of putting things in their “home”, you will find that you will have extra time to do other important jobs.
Organization Tips – Manage Your Time
If organizing your desk seems overwhelming, set a timer and limit yourself to just 15 minutes of decluttering at a time. You’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in just 15 minutes.
Pick a date for when you want the job completed and write it on the calendar. Stick to the plan.
Pick a date for when you want the job completed and write it on the calendar. When you write your goal date on the calendar you are holding yourself accountable. This will prevent you from procrastinating and putting it off to another day.
If you have the time now to organize your desk, just get it done now.
The sooner you are decluttered the sooner you will have more time for other things. Daily tasks will take less time than you originally thought. Five minutes here and five minutes there add up.
Before you know it you will have an extra hour on your hands.
What would you do wth an extra hour?
There will be some adjusting as time passes. You will find better places to put things that you commonly use.
The sooner your space is decluttered the sooner you will have more time. There will be some adjusting as time passes and you will find better places to put things that you commonly use. Every day try to find a way to make your area more organized and efficient.
Clean your desktop and put back only what you use every day. Store everything else in drawers, on shelves, or in your supply closet.
If you never or seldom use something, get rid of it. Give it away to someone who could make good use of it.
If you think that you will use it someday and do not want to get rid of it, store it in boxes. Label the boxes with the names of the items that you have put into the box. When you are looking for that particular item, you will know where it is. Organize what is inside of the boxes as well.
Separate each box with similar items. For example, all mailing items can go into one box. Label that box “mail”. Office supplies can go into a different box labeled office supplies and so on.If you never or seldom use something, get rid of it.Click To Tweet
Keep in mind that the more you are organized, the more time you will have.
- No more “misc.” Don’t keep a “miscellaneous” file. Sort papers into files labeled correctly for the action needed. For example, keep a file for bills to pay, receipts for entering, documents to shred, etc. Anything that cannot be filed this way is not significant enough to keep. Maintain virtual folders (and subfolders) the same way.
- Organize your drawers. Arrange like items in each drawer. For example, put all of your office supplies in one drawer, stationery, and notepads in another. That way, you won’t waste a lot of time searching for a pen when on the phone or looking for printer paper just before a deadline.
If you order supplies in bulk, store them in a labeled box. Keep an inventory of what you have. When it is time to order you will not overlook something that you need.Keeping a clean desk is key to getting your work done.Click To Tweet
- Clean out your virtual inbox. Declutter your virtual desk by deleting old emails that require no further action on your part. To store emails that you need to save, create a folder for it on your hard drive. Do not print emails unless you have to.
If you open an email, either take action with it or delete it. Do not open an email and put it off until later. Once you get into the habit of this, you will save yourself a lot of time.
- Use simple organizational tools. Bundle related papers together with clips, use trays for current papers or files (labeled “next week,” this week,” etc.), and keep pens and pencils in a cup. Take time every day to recycle or shred old paperwork you don’t need anymore. It takes less time do a little every day rather than having a pile that builds up.
- At the end of each day, before you step away from your desk, clear it off and put everything away in its proper place. Wipe off your desk with cleaner or just plain water. Then next day that you walk towards the desk, you are going to feel ready to go.
Now that your desk is clean, with these six desk organization tips, you can get down to business!
A clutter-free desk makes for a clutter-free mind. You will find that it takes less time, in the long run, to stay organized.
They say that if you do something for 21 days, it becomes a habit. Make staying organized a practice and you will never have to get stressed about finding something. You will have your creative mind ready to create your masterpiece.
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Do you have any organization tips that you would like to share?
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