Your work environment and productivity go hand in hand.
If you were to have someone from a magazine come in and take pictures of your workspace, what would be your initial thought?
Would you cringe and make excuses or would you welcome them in with open arms?
If you have a very cluttered environment, chances are, when you sit down to do your work, you feel stressed, overwhelmed and you can’t focus on what needs to be done to move your business ahead.
On the flip side, if you have a lovely clean workspace, you’ll feel relaxed, focusedand get through your day with general ease.
The photo above shows my two desk areas as they generally are 90% of the time. (When I’m working, I usually have 2-3 folders/binders/notebooks out depending on what I’m working on.)
Trust me, it has not always been like this!
For many years, I had papers and pile covering both desks and the tables in the surrounding areas.
I’d end up spending at least an hour each morning just figuring out what I needed to work on and trying to find where the folders/papers were. It was a mess!
When I realized the energy of my environment greatly impacts my personal energy, I made great effort to keep piles/clutter at bay.
The only files on my desk now are the ones I’m currently working with and they are organized nice/neatly.
(I’m getting better at keeping the rest of the house as clean as my desks.)
Your “To Do” item for the week If your workspace is out of control, start by keeping at least your desk or table cleared of all clutter. Even if you don’t have time to file things right away, clear everything off your space and put it in a box or bin. Only keep out the one thing you’re working on at a time. When you’re done, put it away.
When you return to your workspace again, you’ll feel much calmer and have focus to get the tasks accomplished efficiently.
If you have a shared workspace (such as your desk is your kitchen table…) still take the time to clear everything off of it except the one thing you need to work on and your computer.
You’ll be amazed at how good it feels!
Share in the comments below: Have you found it difficult to keep you workspace cleared? Are you the complete opposite and need to have a messy environment to be creative? Share your thoughts. 🙂