Day 1 is always the best; your desk is clean and setup with everything you need to have a productive day at work! Then, day 2 rolls around and you probably have a couple of papers on your desk that need a look through with a pen or two out of place. By day 3, it’s safe to say that you need to initiate some form of cleaning and organisation!
The reason why it’s so easy to allow a work desk to get messy is because we tend to use it as a multipurpose table! Between snack breaks and jotting down notes, we end up with a desk that is dirty and cluttered without even realising it. With that said, wouldn’t it be nice if you could subconsciously maintain a clean and organised work desk? Well, to train your mind to do that, you need to develop good habits. Don’t let the psychology of it all confuse you; it’s pretty easy and we are here to explain how! Take a look at our top 5 daily habits to keep your work desk organised and cleaned!
Clean Before You Start Work
Since you are likely to spend a good amount of hours at your work desk for the rest of your day, it’s advisable to clean it before you start working. Not only is it necessary to clean your desk for sanitary reasons, but it also motivates you to be productive! What’s more, a desk that is cleaned daily will only take a minute or two to wipe down. For an even quicker and efficient clean, keep a dust cloth and spray bottle of your chosen cleaner nearby that you can use to clean your desk with, as well as other existing components that collect dust.
- Cover your computer after shutting it down
- Use a clean microfibre cloth to wipe it before use
- Clean your laptop thoroughly at least once a month
Depending on the type of job you have, there may be junk mail and other papers or items coming in and out of your office on a daily basis. Most of these things contribute to the clutter on and around your work desk; therefore, a daily decluttering of the table is mandatory! Don’t let anything ‘useless’ sit on your desk for too long; dispose of unwanted items as soon as possible. The same goes for maintaining a clutter-free home office; the accumulation of clutter happens so fast and takes longer to deal with which is why many homeowners tend to leave it as is. So, before the clutter on your desk gets out of hand, get rid of it at the end of every day!
Keep Your Essentials in Place
In order to keep your essentials in place, they need to have a designated space to begin with! This means having a tray for important papers, a pen holder, a bowl for paperclips, etc. Place these items in an orderly manner, preferably where everything is within reach so that you don’t end up moving them around. Once you’ve got that sorted out, you can keep things organised by taking a glance at your desk now and then to check if your essentials are where they belong. Should there be anything out of place, don’t wait for later to put it back; the key to maintaining order is by taking immediate action. This means putting things back in place after use and having a proper space for future essentials. If you have desk drawers, make full use of them by keeping items on the table to a minimum. This will allow you to organise your desk in a better manner.
Use a Tray for Meals/Snacks
Get into the habit of eating meals in a tray to keep crumbs and food off your desk. It’s hard not to make a little bit of a mess when eating practically anything, so the use of a large tray is a good idea. While it’s typically advisable not to allow food and beverages near a work table because of the electronics and important papers/files present on it, some people don’t really have a choice. Particularly on days when you’re swamped with work, you can’t help but have a quick bite at your desk. Well, a food or serving tray is perfect for eating meals in your office/cubicle to eliminate spills on your desk.
Organise at the End of the Day
If you don’t want to clean your desk at the end of a long day, at least spare a minute to organise it (yes, that’s all it takes!). During the course of the day, a thing or two may be left out of place or require a quick look through; make it a habit to attend to these things before calling it a day rather than adding them to your list of things to do tomorrow. What’s more, an organised work desk is that much easier and quicker to clean efficiently before you start work in the morning!
As you incorporate these must-dos in your day-to-day work life, it won’t be long till you’ve fully developed our top 5 habits for a clean and organised work desk!