Moving is undoubtedly stressful, but it’s also an opportunity to start fresh. If your office is moving, why not take advantage of it and finally organize your desk in the most productive way possible.
“Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization,” said Lisa Zaslow, a professional organizer in New York City. “It takes much less time to get and stayed organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.”
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Before designing your desk, examine your priorities. While you might be losing productivity to having to get up for supplies, you’re also gaining activity. Experts recommend that you move for 5-10 minutes every hour. Your activity could be standing up and stretching, dancing at your desk, or taking a quick stroll around the office.
Still, if you are involved in a project, you don’t want to interrupt your momentum because your forgot a stapler or a sticky note. Experts recommend that all your office supplies be kept in a single drawer, ready for when you need them.
They also recommend that your computer monitor be kept at eye level, about 17 inches from your body. You also want easy access to necessary items, so keep your phone and frequently used supplies near your dominant hand. You should leave some blank space near your dominant hand, though, in case you need to write on or sign papers.
Experts also recommend that you go easy on decor. Two or three personal mementoes are comforting. More can be distracting. A plant or two, though, can help freshen the air in your office or cubicle.
Once you are organized, stay organized by prioritizing. Stay off social media (if you can) and only check your emails during a few designated times during the day. Use stackable in-boxes, with the most urgent projects at the top.
You should also occasionally reexamine your organizational structure and change what’s not working.
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