Clutter plagues the workplace in many ways, but these three areas are most often the worst offenders:
- Filing cabinets. At some businesses, filing cabinets are merely graveyards for old papers. Keep only the papers and files that you must and recycle (or shred) the rest.
- Language. Using buzz-words and let-met-try-to-impress-you language in your writing and speech can cause confusion, reduce productivity, and waste resources. A good rule of thumb is that if you can find the phrase in Unsuck-It‘s dictionary, you should think twice before using it. Direct language that is simple to understand will save you time and improve your communication skills.
- Top of your desk. The only items that should be on the top of your desk are the equipment you use at least once a day and the project you are working on currently. Pack up your project when you move on to the next task (I like using one flat file per project), and store in drawers and cupboards items you don’t use daily.
Meetings and cable clutter typically round out the top five hiding spots for clutter in offices. Where is the clutter in your office? Schedule 10 minutes a day to address your clutter issues and in a few weeks your office can be the last place clutter will be able to hide.