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How to stay organized at work

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Staying organized at work is imperative to your success for the day, to stay organized means to be at peace with your workflow and your environment, it shows that you have a clear mind and are ready to work at your full potential, which will allow you to get more done.

Some of the benefits of being organized include:

Boosting of Productivity

The Meaning of productivity is different for everyone, so first of all you need to determine what productivity means for you. For me, productivity means to go through my to-do list and complete the most laborious task. This makes me feel like my list is coming down even though I add two more to the list.

Looking more Professional

An organized workspace/desk makes you look professional no matter what field you are in. Not only does it show that you are confident but it also shows that you are in control of whatever you are doing and also as a by-product makes people like you more. I know as I used to have a messy work desk but now that I have cleaned it up it has definitely made a difference.

Helps avoid STRESS

This year has been stressful, to say the least, Covid-19 has been on everyone's mind, so to stay organized at work means less stress that you have to deal with on a daily basis. Stress itself is not the same for everyone some people who have a difficult life may feel no anxiety, yet someone who has an easy life as to say can present with some sort of anxiety. One thing that will help to reduce levels of stress and stay focused is being organized. the way to do this is to have a set of systems and processes that you follow on a daily basis.

Are you Feeling Overwhelmed?

This can be overwhelming and daunting at first, however, I have found these few simple things that can help you move towards being organized at work.

  1. Clear your trash!

  2. Reduce your deskspace

  3. Use technology to help you store data

  4. Have a home for every piece of kit you use

  5. Stick to the plan

All of the above will help you stay organized not only at work but also for life, but you need to do the steps on a constant basis to see any change. For example, during the Covid-19 Pandemic and peak point for over 3 months, everyone has been more hygienic and better equipped to deal with the situation they are in. This means that the repetition of certain tasks equips us to be better for the future. There have been many studies that say it takes this long and this time to get good at learning new things. Some articles on the web say 10,000 hours are needed which seems to be a lot, however, when broken down into the number of hours a day over a year that equates to being four hours a day learning something new.

Software that could be useful for you (Online Tools)

Google Drive - I have found that Google Drive is brilliant for the storage of your data and any online storage that you may need.

Slack - Brilliant for team projects as this helps you reduce your inbox clutter and keeps everyone up to date with changes in the project.

Evernote - Don't know how I would survive without this piece of software. Do you have too many sticky notes clogging up your workspace, well try this it will help improve your workflow. if you're like me and your mind wanders about al the things to do ell having this baby handy makes it a breeze to note the thought down and come back to it later.

I hope the above helps you in some way and you get some benefit from practicing.

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