A 2012 survey by Adecco revealed how important a tidy desk is for your career.
73% of the Americans surveyed think they are most productive when their workspaces are clean. Not only does the “tidy desk, tidy mind” mentality help with productivity, but how you keep your desk influences how other people think of you.
The Adecco research revealed that 57% of those surveyed admitted to having judged co-workers on how clean or dirty they keep their workspaces.
What’s more, 42% said they regarded a co-worker more negatively if their workspace is dirty and a worrying 33% think messy employees are lazy employees.
If your desk is piled with papers, your paper and computer filing system is a mess and your monitor is covered in sticky notes, it’s likely this clutter is a drag on your productivity.
Unstick those post-its, make a record of useful information contained on them in the right place, and throw them away. As you dig through them, you may be surprised how many are no longer relevant!
Remember your desktop is not a storage space. File loose papers. Clear the top drawer of your desk for your stationary and move it off the desktop. Give your whole desk a good wipe down with antibacterial spray to clean and freshen – then keep it tidy!
If your desk clutter has spread to the floor, clear away all papers and bags and find a proper home for them where they aren’t getting in your way and creating a bad impression.
If you can, add a paper filing system to one of your drawers, so you can put your hands on any paper documents you need quickly.
If you find yourself with more than one notepad on the go at once, why not splash out and treat yourself to a new one that you’ll look after properly.
This way, your notes will be in order and easier to find when you need them. If you take paper notes a lot, you might find bullet journaling a good way to keep your notes in order.
Don’t forget to organize your electronic files too: