Welcome to the first in a series* of posts all about “Organizing Your Workspace”. Expect to find a couple of posts every month on this topic.
For many of us, an organized desk is an elusive reality keeping us from clear thinking and maximum productivity. One study reported that employees spend up to 30% of their time searching for lost information. Not only is that expensive, it simply doesn’t feel good. Another study suggests that over half of computer users report pain from use during the first year after starting a new job. Uncomfortable workspaces lead to unproductive work.
Think about how much time you spend working in your office. Isn’t it worth figuring out how to ensure that your workspace is helping, not hindering your work?
An organized desk or workspace is one that is:
– consistently ready for use
– convenient for finding the tools and information you need
– comfortable and conducive to your work activities
– creative and inspiring
Over the next few months you’ll find posts that will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to create an organized workspace. We will explore how to effectively manage your space, time, information and ‘stuff’ – the tools of work and your sources of inspiration.
It can sometimes feel overwhelming, but don’t worry, we’ll break it down into manageable pieces. In the next post in this series for example, you’ll learn the three critical first steps to creating order.
Whether you’re an entrepreneur or employee, in a home office or the head office, join us as we begin the path to order, productivity and peace of mind.
Love to hear about your greatest workspace organizing challenges!
* This series first ran as part of ACCO Brands Canada’s “Organize Your Desk Day” 2010. Organize Your Desk Day is an annual event running on the Thursday of Small Business Week.