Take a moment now to scan over your desk; is it neatly arranged, with everything in its proper place, perfectly accessible and presentable? If the answer if no, you’re not alone. Look around just about any office in the world and you will see at least one desk that is more reminiscent of a small child’s playroom than a workspace, and this may be more of a detriment than many workers realise. A little organisation about your desk is a fairly simple feat to accomplish, and could significantly impact your working day, and your productivity in particular. As such, we’ve put together a few little tips to help you operate at optimum efficiency at work.

First and foremost, your computer screen; this should be placed at eye level at a distance of about 17 inches from yourself. Sitting too close or too far away will place additional stress on your eyes, leading to tiredness and possible health implications.

Frequently used items should be placed on your desk to your dominant side, making them easier to reach for quick use throughout the day. It is also worth noting that only items which are required every day should be kept atop your desk; for other, less-used items, under-desk storage is the ideal solution. Group similar items together for a little extra organisation, ensuring you always know where to find the item you need.

Reminders, whilst useful, should not be plastered about your desk and screen on countless sticky notes; you’re unlikely to pay them any particular attention when they become overly-numerous, negating their purpose entirely. Instead, use them only for short-term reminders and dispose of them immediately once the task is completed.

Personal accessories brought in to brighten up your desk should also not be overdone. By all means, bring in a few personal momentos, as these can help provide motivation and inspiration throughout the working day, but there is a line between accessorising and cluttering. An overcrowded desk will make important items more difficult to quickly access, and can provide a substantial and unnecessary distraction.

Finally, it is important to constantly reassess your priorities in assigning desk space to items, as your workload and therefore your most required items may change over time. Keep on top of all the aforementioned factors and let your newly clean desk carry you on to unparalleled productivity.


Sam Bonson

Sam is an aspiring novelist with a passion for fantasy and crime thrillers. He is currently working as a content writer, journalist & editor in an attempt to expand his horizons.
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