January 10th is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Yes, we know, there is a holiday for practically everything but we think this one of the good ones. Did you know that a clean workspace helps increase your productivity? With more and more people working from home, any added help to stay focused is worth taking note. Read on to discover how you can declutter your desk and start the year off with a happier, healthier workspace.
STEP ONE: Take everything off your desk
That’s right, you read it right. Everything. Leave nothing behind except your computer, those can stay. Put it all in a box and set it to the side.
STEP TWO: Wipe down your desk
Take a disinfectant wipe and give your desk a good cleaning.
STEP THREE: Put items back
Start putting things back on your desk but as you do think to yourself – is this necessary? Is this something you need out in sight, or can you put it in your desk or on a shelf? Is it something that can just be tossed?
STEP FOUR: Minimize clutter
With what you have left on your desk, is there a way to simplify more? Can you organize a drawer to keep your office supplies in that are handy to get to but out-of-sight?
STEP FIVE: Enjoy!
Sit back and enjoy your clean desk. Don’t forget to take time at the end of each day to tidy things up. It doesn’t have to be more than a minute or two. Trust me, when you come back the next day to a clean desk it will give you a little positive boost that might be just what you need to get that report done.