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In the office, your desk is your command center. And experts said how well it’s organized can help set the tone and productivity level at work.

Surveys show the average person loses an hour a day to disorganization, It takes much less time to get and stayed organized. Think about how frantic and stressed you are when you can’t find something.

Here’s how to organize your desk for maximum efficiency and productivity:

Get your layout right-Your monitor should be in front of you at eye-level and about 17-inches from your body.

Mind your office supplies-Supplies used every day can go on the desk. Items used a couple times a week should go in a drawer under or to the side of a desk. Put frequently-used items, like the phone or supplies, on your dominant side to avoid having to reach across.

Go easy on reminders-When it comes to sticky notes, moderation is key. Framing your monitor with notes isn’t the most effective, use them for important short-term reminders.

Don’t go overboard with personal knick-knacks-Maintaining work-life balance is hard, especially on your desk. Family pictures, vacation souvenirs and other trinkets can provide positive feelings during the work day, but too many mementos can be a distraction.

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Embrace white space. Keep a paper-sized free space to your dominant side as a designated work space to make it easier to review or sign documents.

Prioritize your work flow. Only keep relevant and active projects and documents on your desk. When work gets backed up, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and stall productivity

Reassess frequently. Keeping a desk organized requires frequent upkeep and assessments, so be sure to take a weekly scan of your desk to make sure everything still deserves a spot on your work space.

By: Dammy Eneli

See Also: How To Cope With An Open Office

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