It is said that a tidy table is the first step to having a calm mind. If you have trouble doing your job at work, take a look around. Is your work space cluttered?
According to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, having a cluttered desk, in addition to creating an unpleasant appearance, can also interfere with the concentration and processing of your information. As long as you are motivated and persistent, setting the table is a simple and, more importantly, worthwhile task. Start with these 20 simple ways to have a regular table and enjoy your open space, free mind and more creativity very soon.
Disorder conflicts with your focus and causes stress, anxiety and guilt. In other words, you have to eliminate such a situation. But sometimes when you look at such a mess, it also seems impossible to sort it out. Fortunately, contrary to what may seem at first glance, tidying up the table is not a chore.
1. Create a personal space
You probably bring things to work every day and you have to put them somewhere. However, instead of cluttering your desk with your handbag, wallet, cell phone, or keys, consider a special place for these essentials (which usually just make a mess). It is even better to keep your mobile phone out of sight whenever possible so that you are less distracted while working.
2. Tidy up your computer too
Your desk may be completely secluded and tidy, and any minimalist (people who like simplicity) should be proud of being strict, but your desktop is full of uncategorized and nested files and documents. So you have to pay attention to this part as well. Digital clutter is also a form of clutter and can be a distraction when you need to focus. At least once a week, delete unused files from your desktop. For regular files, create regular folders to make your screen simple and enjoyable.
3. Clean up
Needless to say, but if you want to tidy up your desk, you need to clean up. Look for individual items on your desk and ask yourself if you really need one. Keep the necessary items and throw away the unnecessary ones. Be honest with yourself: The menu outside a recently closed restaurant will not be a must at all. Do it well and you will soon see positive and good changes on your desktop.
4. Clean your table daily
At the end of the day and before leaving work, take time to clean your desk. By doing this, you will throw away the extra things you have left on the table and you will be faced with a clean table the next morning.
5. Do everything in turn
You may think you are good at multitasking, but the truth is that it is almost impossible to hypothesize doing multiple things at the same time. Instead of trying to recover, you wallow in your sadness and thus, experience more failure. To minimize clutter, allow only what you are doing to take up space on your desk and set aside everything else.
6. Scan your documents
Want to get rid of paper clutter that has cluttered your desk? Convert them to digital version. It is better to convert anything you do not need to a physical version to a digital version. Save the files as PDF. Now you can easily find any document you need. Even scan documents that you need a physical copy of, but look for archive space in your workplace; Because you will probably need them rarely.
7. Use the Two-Tray system
Instead of putting a pile of paper around your desk, use the Two-Tray system to organize your paper. Consider a tray for new papers that you still have to work on. Consider another tray for papers that have been reviewed and need to be sorted or relocated.
8. Get your work done as soon as possible
One rule to avoid procrastination is to do it right away if it takes less than 2 minutes. Likewise, if you have a task that you can finish in less than 15 minutes, do it right away. Finish your project as soon as possible so that the burden is lifted from your shoulders, both physically and mentally. The sooner you do your homework, the sooner you will concentrate and the sooner you will have a more private desk.
9. Get digital
Try to make the most of your mobile phone’s digital calendar to keep track of projects, notes, and reminders. As you get used to digitizing your tasks and schedules, you will need to use less sticky note paper, resulting in a more secluded desk.
10. Make a notebook
In fact, not everything can be transferred to a mobile phone. So it is better to make a notebook and write down some reminders and numbers in it. Adding a new device to your desk may be the opposite of what has been said before, but this booklet can integrate all the important ideas and information to prevent clutter on your desk.
۱۱. Categorization by importance
The best way to categorize is to consider the importance of the devices. When categorizing items on your desk, ask yourself how much you need each item. If the device is not widely used, place it away from your essentials.
۱۲. Get a trash can
Place a trash can near or under your desk. This bucket is supposed to be your new good friend. Put it in the bin as soon as something on your desk is not needed. The more nonsense you have, the more you will get used to it, and you will almost always do it. For best results, you can also get a small recycling box to put the waste paper in immediately. Make good use of both of these buckets to keep your desk tidy and secluded.
13. Tighten the cables
Disorder is not limited to the items on the table; Things that are placed under or behind the table can also create clutter. If you see a group of wires, it will probably distract you. To reduce distraction, tie cables and wires with a belt buckle and keep them out of sight.
۱۴. Get away from electronics
You probably do not need to put the Internet modem on your desk and watch the lights blink. Place such items under a desk or in a drawer to make the desk more comfortable and less distracting.
۱۵. Throw away pens and pencils that you do not use
Pencils and pens on your desk can be piled on top of each other very easily. You do not need to keep a pen on your desk that has been drying for more than a year. Try not to have more than two pencils and two pens. Not only will this reduce the clutter, but you will no longer have to deal with lending your equipment to a co-worker who will never return the borrowed equipment.
۱۶. Build a charging station
In an ideal world, you would be able to turn one of your desk drawers into a place to store cell phones, headphones, spare batteries and other items that you carry with you on a daily basis. But if this is not possible, make a charging station behind your monitor and keep these devices out of sight (and out of your mind).
۱۷. Divide your desk
Most likely, you spend most of your time at work using the computer, but it is better to consider a place on your desk for non-computer work as well. For example, instead of cluttering up your computer environment and creating clutter, you can divide the desk and, for example, read a book, review your projects, or review your daily to-do list.
۱۸. Categorize papers daily
At the end of the day, review all your papers very quickly. Before leaving work, check your papers and do whatever it takes to scan, sort, or dispose of. This may seem like a daunting task at first, but over time, you will be able to do it in less than 5 minutes and develop a new habit of keeping your desk organized.
19. Keep office supplies away
If you use a desktop set to store office supplies, we have bad news for you; Even so, owning one is still beyond the reach of the average person. If possible, find a place in one of the desk drawers to store office supplies, especially the less commonly used ones. Drawer regulators are a great way to organize and find items more easily.
20. Do a thorough cleaning once a week
Once a week, check all papers and discarded items that are out of sight. Organize out-of-office supplies, folders that have been moved, or files on your computer. The more you do this during the week, the less time you will spend on it.
What do you think about these solutions? Is it possible to have a tidy desk by doing these things? We’d love for you to share with us the methods you use to keep your desk in order.