When we have a lot of clutter and papers on our desk, it can be hard to work efficiently. If you spend your days looking at a desk cluttered with all of your tasks, it is possible to be discouraged. And what about under your desk? Do you frequently have to kick wires out of the way when you are working? If this sounds familiar, here are several easy ways you can decrease clutter and enhance your efficiency.
- Tackle the wires – You can arrange your wires a couple easy ways. One is very inexpensive, just use binder clips and clip the wires together. Another, more costly option, is to buy a wireless charging pad, often called a powermat. These devices allow you to charge your wireless mouse, keyboard, and devices just by putting them on it. This way you can get rid of all of the cords you need for either charging devices or connecting them to your computer.
- Reduce desktop clutter – Often, our desks can become cluttered with papers. The simplest way to reduce this is to use less paper. We rely so much on digital communication it is an easy switch to use programs like Evernote to store your notes. Also, try not to print documents, just store articles and reports in folders on your computer. If you must print things out, file them as soon as you are done reading them. This will keep you well organized and reduce clutter.
- Throw things away – This may be the most self-evident one but it’s incredible how rapidly sticky notes and other scraps of paper can build up. If you are finished with a note you wrote yourself, or a printout from a meeting, just throw it away. If you will need it later, then file it in the appropriate place. The quicker you get these things off your desk, the more effective you will be. Often visual chaos can lead us to feel like we have more complicated tasks ahead of us than may be the case.