Whether you work from home, in an office, at your kitchen table or in the corner of your living room, the best way to zen out your space is to get it organised. Now that doesn't mean you need to get rid of everything on your desk - you just need to organise it all. After all, invoices, notebooks and washi tape need a home too! As you might imagine as a blogger we spend a fair amount of time sat at our desks or with the laptop on our knees and it's important that our workspaces inspire us to insure that your productivity is at an optimum level.
1. Have a weekly clear out. Don't wait until you have piles of paperwork and product reviews to store away to do all of your desktop cleaning. Keep your desk tidy all year round by spending a few minutes once a week to sort through everything and put objects where they belong or bin anything you no longer need. This could be on a Monday morning so you're ready for the week ahead or perhaps on a Friday afternoon so you have a clean desk ready to start work again the following day or week.
2. Prioritise your supplies. Keep your work space clear by prioritising your supplies. Keep items that you tend to use the most within easy reach, and other items can be stored away to keep your space neat and tidy. To save yourself from wasting time looking for these items when you need them, ensure you store frequently used files, notebooks and pens in your desk drawer or somewhere you can easily access if needed.
3. Invest in storage solutions. If you don't already have a filing cabinet for all of your invoices and blogging related paperwork it's definitely worth investing in one, especially one with a lock to keep all of your personal details and paperwork safe. If you already have one I'd suggest getting some spare keys from somewhere such as Fast Keys who provide replacement office furniture keys as you wouldn't want to have to damage the cabinet by breaking into it if you were ever to loose your keys. You could also buy a desk with a built in draw which is handy for keeping any clutter and stationary out of the way. If you have office space how about some Kallax storage cubes from Ikea for organising your files?
4. Use a planner. Do you have lots of random post it notes and papers with important dates, deadline, meetings and other reminders written down all over your desk? Try using a personal planner instead to transfer all of this information down as and when your receive it, plus it will save you paper!
5. When in doubt, throw it out. You'll most likely never need 99% of the paper, business cards, pretty packaging or cardboard that you're saving. If you really do wish to keep it, make sure you have a filing system in place to put it where you will know where to locate it at a future date.
Remember a clean organised work space will help you get more done and improve your productivity.
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