National “Clean Off You Desk Day” is observed the second Monday of January. If you desk is always a mess then today is a good time to start a new habit to keep you desk clean everyday of the year.
So how do you create this new habit? One babystep at a time!
A good way is to take a timer and set it for 5-10 minutes at the end of the day (if you work there all day) or at the end of your bill paying/paperwork time.
File away the papers you have completed. Put the unfinished papers in a folder with current paperwork tasks. Keep that folder on a shelf, basket, or in a file drawer at your desk. Your goal is to have the desk as cleaned off as possible for the next morning.
A cleared off desk first thing in the morning will help put you in a brighter mood instead of feeling overwhelmed. Because you put the unfinished tasks in a folder you know exactly where to start working. No more digging through piles of paper to find what needs to be done.
Habits take time to develop but with babysteps you can have that cleaned off desk almost everyday.
If your your desk is piled high with papers you’ll want to read the article on “How to Divide and Conquer Paper Clutter” first. It will help you organize those papers so you can put them where they belong.
If your whole office is a mess then consider organizing it in zones. This is also a way to help keep the desk cleaned off. Having a permanent home for the different papers will make it easier to put them away.
The article, “How To Organize Your Home Office” will show you how to organize with zones.
To a lighter load along the way.