Use these desk organization tips to keep productivity up and workflow smooth in this free workplace basics lesson.
Organizing your workspace
Getting organized is the first step toward remaining organized. Whether you are starting a new job or desperately want to organize your current workspace, consider the following tips.
- Examine how your workspace is used.
List the job duties you perform here (depending on your job, some may be performed elsewhere), and number them in order of importance.
- Group similar objects together.
Put like items in piles on the floor where you can easily see them before determining their final location. Make another pile for anything that's unrelated to your job duties.
- Group and separate items associated with each job duty.
Group together books, materials, and supplies associated with a certain task. This strategy may not work if you perform several similar duties.
- Throw unnecessary items in the trash.
As you're grouping and separating items, ask yourself, "Do I need to keep this? If so, how often do I use this? If not, why?"
Your job duties and professional goals should dictate how your workspace is organized.