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By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands
If it feels like a mountain is standing in the way of your goals, it could mean you have a clutter problem.
Most will tell you that a lack of organization holds them back from reaching their potential. That’s why decluttering your work space is a must for you and everyone else wanting to increase their productivity.
Start by facing the clutter in your most frequently-used work spaces.
Here are seven easy tips for decluttering your desk, office and home:
- Identify the key areas of your life—spaces where you spend the most time doing your activities. This might include your office desk or your kitchen sink areas
- Schedule yourself a 30-minute appointment each day to reduce clutter in one specific area. Take that time to really attack the source of the clutter
- Decide confidently on the paper piles: file, trash, recycle
- Sort your mail by action types: read, pay bill, file, recycle
- Store away less commonly used items like staplers, books and the kitchen blender
- Remember the Fingertip Management rule—keep only your most commonly used items within an arm’s reach
- Expand out from the focal point of clutter and organize the immediate surrounding areas
Make a concerted effort to use each of the seven tips during your 30-minute declutter sessions. Having a decluttered work space increases your ability to get things done in two ways:
- First, it increases your ability to find the files, tools and information that are important right now.
- Second, it improves your progress by maximizing available work spaces It’s easy to spread out and be more productive when you don’t feel boxed in by clutter.
Take a stand on your clutter this week. Start by scheduling some time-saving, clutter-killing appointments today.
[photo by Alan Cleaver]