Try A Minimalist Workspace
Whether you are working in your company’s office building or your home office, it is likely that a minimalist workspace could be cleaner, more efficient and help with your productivity.
Some people thrive in chaos
Although some people thrive in chaos, many people become more creative and productive with a minimalist approach to their workspace. If you are in an established office, you probably can’t actually design your own space, but you can try to make the best of what is available. If you are in your own home office, there are lots of options for you to use the space in ways that are most effective for you.
Creating a minimalist workspace isn’t going to happen overnight. Everything you work on still needs to be easily accessible to you as you move through your workday. It can’t be too far out of sight and out of mind. The trick is how to combine getting your work done with clean and clear work surfaces.
First of all, keep any work systems simple
Don’t expect yourself to change what comes natural to you. If you make it too challenging to keep your minimalist workspace functioning, you are headed for failure. Analyze what you need consistently throughout your day and make sure there is space on your work surface to keep it handy. Find containers that keep your desk neat with your work and supplies in reach. A simple notebook within reach to make quick notes (or digital notes on your computer) can really help you eliminate a lot of clutter on your desk. Your notebook will remind you of everything you need to do even if your work is out of sight.
One thing you can’t change
Sometimes you are going to have to make a mess! You are in the middle of a project or a meeting and you simply must spread out all the components that are part of the process. That’s okay. Build that into your minimalist approach. A folding work surface that can be tucked away when not in use can be very handy. Make the mess temporary and commit to cleaning it all up ASAP so that you get back to your calm workspace. The key to that clean-up is having an easy-to-access place for everything when it is time to put it away. Stacks of paper are your enemies! If you must have them temporarily, sort them and label each stack so that you know the status without having to go through them repeatedly.
Now take the minimalist theory to your computer. Creating and naming folders is key to finding files later so consider what will work best for you. Use the available tools that help you stay organized. Yes, it takes a little time to build your One-Note (or whatever tool you decide to use) but knowing you have one place to record and retrieve notes will save you time and frustration, not to mention eliminating little stickies all over your desk.
It isn’t just your physical workspace that can benefit from being minimalist
Consider the tasks you do the same way you have done them for years. Maybe it’s time to reconsider them. Do they still need to be done? Is there an easier way to do them? Has there been new technology created that makes it easier? Does it make sense to combine the task with something else or pass on to other personnel with better tools or more time to do it? While you are at it, are there any regulations that have changed that need to be incorporated into these tasks?
Take a look at your workstation and your computer desktop today and try making one small change and live with it for a week and see how it works for you. Chances are, it will encourage you to make another small change and then another. Before you know it, you may have a minimalist workspace that boosts your mood and enthusiasm for work!
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