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Staying Focused and Organized

Thursday, May 8, 2014

One thing that we know about personal space is that clutter and mess can be destructive! Keeping your space clean and organized can help maintain that inner peace that will lead to higher productivity. I think we can all agree that no human truly enjoys being in a state of clutter, chaos and mess. While at times we can push cleaning our space to the end our list, by getting it done and crossing it off the list can create a feel good sense of accomplishment that will make us feel good about ourselves and our duties for the day.  This blog is here to help guide you through a few office cleaning tips to keep you as productive as possible instead of focusing on the mess that lies before you.

The first tip we have is to schedule ten minutes before you start working and ten minutes at the end of your day to tidy up. By doing a little each day will save you a lot of time by avoiding a big mess as the final result of putting it off. When you get to your office, unpack your bag and get settled and organized before you begin. Create a list of the things you need to work on so you have an organized and focused visual list of tasks that need to be completed. The ten minutes prior to begin work should include organizing the items you need that will help keep you productive throughout the day.

Minimize break time in between tasks. Once you have completed on job, move on to the next. The more time you spend off task or goofing off, the harder it can be to get back to work and back on schedule. By using the organized list you created, you can keep your mind organized and focused on the accomplishments you must complete for the day.

Make sure you put things in the same spot every time. If every item has a designated space, it will never get lost. This will reduce the time it takes you to search for lost files or that stapler that you keep misplacing. After a while, it will become habit and your inner conscious will know exactly where things go and where to find them. It will take less energy to focus on finding things and more energy to focus on your work.

The items that you use most should be within arm’s reach. If there is something that you are constantly using, keep it near you. Otherwise store it up high or down low. Going vertical can reduce the amount of space you are using and keep everything you need close to you and within your view. Using vertical storage maximizes storage in a smaller area.

Our most important tip that we have for you is to throw things away. There is no point in keeping clutter that you don’t even need. Toss those used coffee cups, toss old papers and receipts (unless you should file them, of course). Get rid of everything you don’t need, everything that adds to the unnecessary mess. Throwing things away can feel good and give instant gratification as you can literally see the mess clearing as you throw things away.

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