30 Apr What do you have on your desk at work?
We all have our own way of doing things.
When making a cup of tea, do your pour the milk or pop in the teabag first? Do you cut a slice of toast lengthways, through the middle or diagonally?
I know, I know, I’m starting this blog with a couple of very controversial questions, but isn’t that the way to start a meaningful conversational, the way to explore deeper what makes us tick?
And as for having our own way of doing things, exactly the same is true of workspace organisation. We each lay out our desks differently – although some systems are better than others.
A bird’s eye view right this minute
Take a look at what’s in front of you right now. What do you have on your desk at work? Is everything within easy reach?
Do you often find that you’re missing vital pieces of equipment or supplies?
Do you have to go and find something in order to complete a task?
Of course, you don’t have to follow my advice but there are several ways to arrange the essential items on your desk that will make your 9-5 easier.
It means spending less time hunting for stationery and more energy on actually getting jobs done. Surely that’s worth continuing to read a little more?
Get in the productive office zone
Creating a well-ordered desk isn’t just about looking good – it’s about improving the quality of working life too.
In fact, studies have shown that good workstation design can reduce the potential for injury and ill health.
As you sit there now, your primary working zone is where you have everything within touching distance when sitting back in your chair and with your arms relaxed. This includes your keyboard, mouse mat, pen and notepad.
Then there is a second ‘zone’, which is where you should aim to keep everything that you can reach while still keeping your back in contact with the chair, but this time with your arms extended. This includes your printer, scanner and phone.
It’s also where handy desk storage items are placed:
Supplies and equipment
Another way of looking at creating a productive desk space at work is by grouping your desk into two different categories.
There are office supplies – the items that are used daily and are a part of everyday office life – the items that you almost forget they are there.
These staple stationery products will need to be replenished and replaced every so often.
Then there is office equipment – items such as printers and scanners that don’t need to be replaced as frequently but are still vital for your business to function well.
We’ve covered the characteristics of office supplies and office equipment in another blog but suffice to say, investing in good tools for the job (and having those tools easily to hand) will make all the difference.
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