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How to Organize Your Office for Maximum Productivity

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How to Organize Your Office for Maximum Productivity
Where you work affects how you work. Working in a cluttered, messy, or distracting environment will affect your work, and probably in a negative way. If you're like the average knowledge worker, you spend most of your time sitting in front of a computer screen.

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Organize your office

Organize your office
  • Start with a purge to create an office that is free of clutter.
  • Create a catch-it space for incoming junk to sort through.
  • Keep your desktop clear of clutter.
  • Place two document trays on your desk, one for new documents, the other for opened documents that you need to deal with.
  • Create two separate zones, one for computer work, one for non-computer work.
  • Place physical objects into drawers or organizing trays and out of sight.
  • Get a bigger trashcan. Make sure to recycle.

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Tips to organize your office space

  • De-clutter your space, empty, shred and get rid of literally any frivolous thing that adds no value to your productivity.
  • Organize with colors and labels, to put items in the right places.
  • Use storage boxes & containers to help you stay organized.
  • Segment your work zones to help trigger a better output.
  • Organize your desk accessories: everything from your stationeries, laptop, files, and trays.
  • De-clutter and organize your Laptop/Desktop by deleting those folders, pictures or softwares that you don’t need. 

Organize your workspace

  • Adopt a clean-desk policy (CDP).
  • Create a dedicated space for the incoming things.
  • Keep personal items to a minimum.

Colors influence productivity

  • Red: Impart a boost of energy.
  • Yellow: The sunny shade stimulates creativity.
  • Purple: Stimulates problem solving abilities.
  • Green: Calms the mind, causes zero strain to the eye and is ideal for those who spend long hours in the office.
  • Orange: Boosts social interaction and collaboration.

1. Rewrite It

Spend 5 minutes each morning preparing your task list to have only accomplishable tasks that fit the time you have available. Keep other tasks on a holding list for another day.

2. Be Laser Focused

Set a timer for 15 minutes, shut out the world and concentrate with intense focus on one and only one task. Closing your door and turning off your phone and internet are specially important.

3. Let Go Of Tasks

Recognize that not everything in your list must be done. When in doubt, delete it from your list; if it is important you’ll eventually add it back.

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