Whether or not the scene outside your window reflects it, spring has finally sprung. What is the season of new beginnings for if not to serve as a gentle reminder to show a little love to our garages, our closets and-yes-even our workspaces. These five easy tips will help you turn over a new leaf and embrace spring cleaning at the office.
Be the clean “type.”
Although working at your computer for several hours each day will make you a productive employee, it can also make you sick. Studies have shown that keyboards and other computer equipment can contain more germs than a toilet. Give your keyboard and mouse a thorough cleaning at least every week – and every day if possible.
Make a To Do and get it done.
There’s something about the wintertime that makes it easy to let projects snowball, eventually accumulating an insurmountable workload. Reteach yourself the habit of creating to do lists- there are even several to do list technologies to help you along the way. Be sure to separate your personal and professional tasks, short and long term.
(Paper)less is more.
The term “paperless office,” created as part of a marketing slogan in the early days of the IBM computer, stands to save companies a great deal of money while also making them more environmentally conscious. Even Post-It Notes, which so easily add clutter to a workspace, have transitioned with the times. Software company Evernote, for example, has upgraded the classic paper product by providing users with the ability to create digital sticky notes on their smartphones – maintaining its iconic purpose while improving accessibility.
No more piles, start to file.
Piles of documents a mile high on your desk do no one any good. In fact, data suggests that the appearance of your workstation can have an effect on the perceptions of you among your coworkers. Make a priority of reviewing and sorting everything from old paper documents to files on your computer that you no longer need. Even if this process means setting aside time specifically for turning piles to files, it will pay off in the long run.
The spring season offers a fresh chance to reset and rejuvenate at the office. Incorporate these tips at your workspace and watch your productivity flourish.