Your office desk is like your second home. You stay and work there for the entire duration of your work hours. As such, you must see to it that you are comfortable and functional working there. You must see to it that it is organized.
But how do you organize your desk? How do you make it work for you? Well, the answer is as simple as the ABC: Arrange, Beautify, Clean.
Your desk should have a certain system – and one that works for you. For instance, if you are more of the obsessive-compulsive type, then you would naturally want your items to have a proper order. For instance, all writing materials should be placed near one another and all documents and references should be on the same side.
Another way of organizing the items on your desk is by arranging them according to “frequency of use.” What are the items that you frequently use? What are the things that are rarely taken out of the drawer?
Once you already have the complete list of the frequently used items (such as pens, papers, staplers, paper clips) and those that are rarely utilized (such as books, old clients’ profile) then you can proceed with putting them in the right places. Make the frequently used items very accessible – and keep the seldom-used items far below your drawers.
It’s not enough to simply put the right items in the right places – as in the case of arranging the items on your desk. You also need to add aesthetics into your workstation. You can put photo frames, but just don’t overdo this. You can even place a jar of candies or cookies for your guests and visitors. For a little touch of elegance, make use of desk organizers or desk business card holders.
Using minimalist lamps, earth-toned bookends and gold-plated pen holders would also be a fine way of incorporating aesthetics into your neatly-arranged desk.
Regardless of how sophisticated your desk organizer is or how efficiently arranged your desk items are, but if you don’t observe cleanliness, your workstation would not be that appealing. Scattered papers and poorly arranged books and documents would always be a sore sight.
Therefore, to complete the perfect look of your desk, make it a point to keep it clean. In fact, make a habit out of cleanliness. For instance, as soon as you get in, be sure to wipe your desk with tissue and alcohol. It will give your desk a sense of freshness and cleanliness. Also, resist the urge to leave things unarranged. Regardless of how busy you are, make it a point to place them back to their respective “compartments.”
By doing this, not only will you be inspired to work, but your colleagues would be more than happy to drop by your place because you have a very attractive workstation.
Organizing your desk is indeed as easy as ABC. You don’t need to have complicated skills or to be an expert on anything. So the next time that you feel your desk needs some rejuvenation, just remember ABC.