Is your desk in desperate need for a tidy? Today’s the day to make a start, it’s National Clean Off Your Desk Day and we have some quick tips to help you get started.
If you’re a highly organised person, you’ve probably got a tidy desk compared to your colleagues whose desks are swamped with clutter. Keeping a tidy physical work space is very important as it helps you focus and improve productivity. If your desk looks like one big pile of paper and random promotional freebies scattered around, it can be very distracting.
31% of people admitted that an untidy work space increases stress
A well organised and clean environment will influence your behaviour, mood and mental state. In the workplace, these are key to having a good day or a bad day at the office. Although it may seem too good to be true, a tidy desk is the first step to having a productive day at work.
Organisers for Stationary
Kit out your desk with mini drawers, pencil jars, folder trays and more. These are relatively cheap online but can make a big difference when it comes to organising all the clutter on your desk.
Stick It & Pin It
The use of velcro and pins can really help you clear your desk from unwanted paper and equipment. If there’s no place for it on your desk, pin it up against the wall or under your desk. There are some very useful velcro nets that can be placed under your desk. For the less important stuff, out of sight, out of mind.
Go Paperless. Digitalise More.
The majority of clutter you will find on messy desks will be paper. As offices become paperless, the need to digitise as much as you can is paramount in today’s digitally connected world.
For example, the endless pile of printed business cards you’ve collected over the years can be saved digitally. Download Contapp in the App Stores and scan all your business cards into the app. Organise, share and use all your business cards via your smartphone.
This adds convenience, productivity, no more loose bits of paper and also you’re helping the environment. It’s a business tool used widely throughout every industry you can think of.
Wipes and Cloths
When dust and dirt gathers, it’s time to get the wipes out. Use a microfiber cloth to remove smudges on your screen and wipe down your computer equipment. Germs are invisible, so it’s important to give your desk and the equipment in your work space a thorough wipe down.
Keep a pack of wipes on-hand, tucked in a drawer. You don’t want to be the person with the dirtiest desk in the office.
Take a Break and Clean
It’s important for our state of mind to take breaks at work. In these short time-outs, give your desk a quick blitz and organise your desk before it turns into clutter. Keeping on top of it daily will stop your workspace from being too messy to handle.
Tie Your Wires
This might be one for your IT department to help, but wires can make your desk look really messy. The spaghetti junction underneath your desk may look like it’s too complicated to get involved, but cable ties and velcro wraps can help them look tidy.
This simple trick can make a big difference, but we suggest getting your IT team involved to avoid any problems with wires.
Avoid Eating at Your Desk
If you can avoid it then try to eat anything away from your desk to stop food and crumbs appearing on your desk. This can be very hard for people, especially those who like to snack. I mean, who’s going to say no to birthday cake and snacks when they appear in the office?
Start with Business Card Clutter
One thing we can guarantee which is contributing to the clutter on your desk is business cards. Take your collection and transform them into digital profiles via the Contapp app.
This business tool is a huge time saver, allowing you access to your entire collection, digitally. Plus, you’ll be doing your bit to reduce paper waste globally. It’s a win win!