How to Optimize your Workspace

Do you often lose valuable time at work looking for a document, file or portable hard drive you’ve misplaced? Well, you’re not alone. The average American spends a full year of their life looking for something they’ve lost, according to a study conducted by the US News and World Report. If you’ve ever wished your workspace was more organized, we’re here to help. (For even more helpful information, download our full resource article here.)

Many of us feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day, so adding a daunting, time-consuming task like re-organizing your whole office may seem impossible. But taking the time to find a system that works for you and implementing it could not only make you more efficient and productive at work, but it could also improve your personal life.

Dr. Eva Selhub is an internationally-known physician, author and speaker and she believes our lack of time is what stops us from adapting healthy habits.

“When you’re organized at work, you’re more productive and efficient, which means you’re able to finish at a reasonable time and go home,” said. Dr. Selhub. “This leaves you with the time you need to exercise, prepare a healthy meal, relax, and get more sleep.”

Before you tackle your workspace, consider what strategy would work best for you. The environment you work in and the supplies you’ll need on a daily basis are important when re-organizing your workspace. After you’ve took note of what you’ll need daily, follow these tips to get your office in order:

  1. If you don’t need it, recycle it, donate it or throw it away.
  2. Find a filing system that works for you. Use office stamps to make sorting and filing your documents quick and easy.
  3. Clean out your drawers and clear off your desk.
  4. Keep a notebook handy incase you need to write down a phone number or a reminder.
  5. Organize your cyber space.  

According to a survey conducted in 2010, 80% of people said being organized actually improved their work performance. They also had these things in common:

  • They focus on their goals
  • They’re positive
  • They ask for help
  • They know when to decompress

Organizing your workspace will not only affect your work performance, but will also make time for developing healthy habits. Whether you decide to tackle it all at once or do it an hour at a time is up to you, but no matter how you accomplish it, you’re sure to see the benefits. For more helpful tips on organizing your work life, download our full resource article here.


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