Best Desk Organisation Techniques
Does your workspace need a revamp? An organised desk can be a great companion when you’re trying to get things done. When then “tools of your trade” are neatly placed in easily accessible spots, then you’re likely to be more productive and less frustrated that things aren’t where you need them to be.
In this article, we’ll help you with your “desk-scaping” and provide you with 5 of the best desk organisation techniques.
1. It Starts with Your Layout
The first step towards an organised desk is to create a layout that’s going to work for you. If you use a computer, centre the monitor on your desk and raise it to your eye-level and at about 17-inches from your body. Then, place the items that you use most frequently on your dominant side so that you don’t have to reach across for them (and potentially knock other items over).
2. Mind Your Office Supplies
Stationery and supplies that you use daily should be placed on top of your desk with your desk fan while the items that you use less frequently can be placed in drawers. A good idea is to group similar items together so that you always know where they will be. For example, writing utensils can be kept in one holder while your stapler and paper-punch can be kept together in a separate tray (or drawer).
3. Keep Knick-Knacks Minimal
Personalising your clean desk is a good thing and pictures and mementos are often what helps us to keep our sanity in check, some even have their own electric kettle. A desk full of unnecessary clutter can be distracting, however, and knick-knacks should be kept minimal. We suggest that you keep no more than three personal items on your desk.
4. Make Sure You Have Enough White Space
White space or “free space” ensures that you have an area to review or sign documents. Keep a paper-sized area of white space next to your dominant side so that you do not have to rearrange your desk to accommodate new paperwork or a juicer / blender (firm favourite).
5. Reassess Your Desk Area Frequently
To keep an organised desk, you will need to practice frequent assessments and upkeep. Give your desk a regular scan to ensure everything is still in its correct space and if there are any items that haven’t been recently used, perhaps give them a new spot in a drawer?