The most productive way to work is to have clear open space, a beautiful outlook at something green.
I’m lucky enough to be able to sit back and stare at my backyard and watch nature at work – the bowerbirds at play, the breeze through the fruit trees, the amazing sunsets. I find this very therapeutic and a great way to get my eyes away from the screen.
View from Brooke’s Office
If you don’t have a view, a nice indoor plant such as a peace lily or a vase for a flower, is beneficial. Having a nice picture behind your screen is another way to motivate you to complete your tasks.
If you were to close your eyes, would you be able to name every item that your top drawer contains right now and be happy with the results?
Or would you have to push past the pens that don’t work, the old receipts that have yet to be filed, or the old dodgy nail file and lipsticks which no longer compliment your complexion?
If you said yes to any of the above paragraph, then of course you know what to do. Declutter, my dear reader, declutter and work smart (after you have finished reading my blog, of course).
Sort Your Files
A way to organise your files is to categorise and create a system that makes sense to you.
I use a 3-drawer filing unit positioned near my desk.
One drawer is for files yet to be actioned, one for completed files and the third for printer paper.
These drawer filing units are transparent and labelled, so I know exactly where to look for the file I need.
Completed files are put in the correct drawer and I can move onto the next file. This then allows me to keep my desk less cluttered and clear from loose paper.
Write a list
Finally, at the end of each day I recommend writing down 5 tasks that you wish to achieve the following day.
As a result, it allows your mind to declutter and have it set up ready to start afresh the following day.
You can do this electronically or on a note pad.
This is a great way to work smarter, setting yourself up for a productive day and not wasting precious time.
Working from home is the new normal. Having a proper desk setup that works for you is important.
A cluttered desk leads to a cluttered mind, which will make you less productive.
So, by organising your workspace you will be more efficient throughout the day and feel better for it.