Let’s face it: you spend lots time at your desk, so making it more functional can make all the difference in your attitude and productivity.
Organizing your work surface can create a sense of calm and accomplishment. Productivity promotes happiness and clear thinking.
Happiness and clear thinking allow you to work more efficiently, and that’s a great goal for the upcoming year.
I am going to give you some simple tips to clean up your work space and make it a great place to spend the day.
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to take a look at your desk and start making big improvements. Here are my simple tips for updating your desktop using great products from my friends at Staples:
1. EDIT YOUR DESK: This means clean up your act by tossing objects that serve no function and take up valuable space on your desk and your work space. Just like your edit your home, your desk should be a functional and aesthetically pleasing place. Your desk is not a place for dusty knickknacks. Now is the time to purge and toss things on your desk that serve no purpose..
My rule is if it’s:
– Untouched for 6 months
It’s got to go!
Once you’ve purged and edited your desk, now you have a nice clean surface to work with.
Time to decide how you use your desk.
Ask yourself these questions:
- What functions do I perform at my desk?
- What are my daily/monthly office duties?
Build a plan around your answers.
Make a list of items you need.
In making your list, your thought process should be…everything should have a place.
Most used items like pens, a stapler, and sticky notes should be within reach.
Things less frequently used can be stored under your desk or in a nearby closet or shelf.
2.CUSTOMIZE YOUR WORKSPACE: Editing your desk does not mean your desk won’t be aesthetically pleasing and personal. Staples has a beautiful selection of office products that will make your desk functional and stylish.
3.BUY ESSENTIALS: Staples has a great selection of essential office supplies. Their Less List for Business features the lowest prices on 28 essentials businesses use every day. Whether you like to shop online or in store, Staples makes it easy on you with their buy online, pick-up in store option which will have your purchase ready in store within 1 hour. Like these hanging files in green. I have hanging files for everything, invoices, receipts, and resources. You can use a drawer, bankers box, plastic file box, or this pretty wire file holder
4.GATHER YOUR RECEIPTS IN A DOCUMENT LETTER TRAY: I have receipts in this letter tray for easy access while bookkeeping. Having receipts in one place makes it less likely to loose important documents. I also like this monthly desk pad since I like to jot down notes.
5.WRITE IT DOWN: Staples has note pads that I love, too. As I said I love to write things down because it makes me remember what I need to do.
6.EXTRA STORAGE/ FILE BOX: Store active and inactive folders in a bankers box. This box can also be used for printer paper and office supplies for easy storage and access. It fits right under a desk or on a shelf unit. *Note: Using a shelf in your office to store extras or keep files is a great way to de-clutter your work area.
7.SUPPLY STORAGE: Check out this office shelf. Notice you can and should use the same organizational products on your desk, on shelves or in a closet. My post-its are in this pretty wire memo holder for easy access.
8.ORGANIZE YOUR PENS AND PENCILS : It is a must. I like to store pens and pencils in a pencil cup.
9.A COMFORTABLE CHAIR: Once you’ve set up your work space, make sure that you have a comfortable office chair. You want be able to spend loads of time working, and a great office chair can make all the difference. It’s a wise investment. Staples has a great selection.
10.TECHNOLOGY MAKES EVERYTHING MORE PRODUCTIVE: Staples has an amazing array of technology to choose from and a helpful staff.I can’t do without my Epson printer.
January is the time to get your work space in order. Remember to edit edit edit, and buy functional items from Staples to keep you organized all year long. Happy New Year and happy organizing.
This is a sponsored post all opinions expressed are my own.
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