[Infographic] 5 Office Organizing Tips That Will Take You From Cluttered to Productive

One of the great time management tips is to work from a clean desk, and in an organized workspace.

Just as an excellent chef cleans up the entire kitchen before and after cooking, you should organize your workspace completely before you begin your work. 

5 Office Organizing Tips

Follow these organizing tips and infographic to double your productivity in the office.

1) Organize Your Desktop

Put all of your documents away in the appropriate files, both physical and online.  Keep your computer desktop clean. If you cannot see your screensaver, there is too much on your screen. Be sure to keep only the essentials in your space, any pictures or posters should help you focus on your work or keep you motivated to finish your project. I find that having a few inspirational quotes or images nearby is a great way to give my workspace a bit of personality and keep my spirit up at the same time.

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Infographic provided by the Dublin Office Centre

2) Focus Only on Your Current Task

Deal only with your current task. Try to have only one item in front of you whenever possible.

Many people believe that they work more effectively in a messy work environment with a cluttered desk.  However, every study that has been done with these people shows that when they are forced to clean up their work environment so that they have only one task in front of them, their productivity doubles and triples, usually overnight.

3)  How to Organize Your Desk With Proper Supplies

Get organized and stay organized.  Make sure your office supplies and materials are fully stocked and available at hand.  You will find that nothing is more destructive to efficiency and effectiveness than having to start a job and then stop, and then start again, for lack of proper preparation or supplies.

4)  Declutter Your Life and Your Desk

People who work with cluttered desks, are found to spend an enormous amount of each working day looking for the materials they need among the clutter around them.  Psychologically, the sight of a cluttered desk or office provides visual subconscious feedback that reinforces your perception that you are disorganized.  It leads to continuous distraction as your eyes and your attention dart from item to item, and back again. Removing clutter and gaining clarity in life are essential to performing at maximum capacity.

5) Keep Your Email Organized

Keep your inbox clean and organized. If you don’t need an email, delete it. Pick a couple times during the day to answer all of your emails at once. Don’t just answer them as they come. Keep your inbox in check and don’t let email overload control your life.


When you follow these tips for yourself, at the very least, clear your workspace by putting everything on the credenza behind you, or on the floor, or even in boxes, you will be amazed at how much more productive you are as the result of simple cleanliness and a well-ordered workspace. After you’ve implemented these techniques, your personal and business success will manifest quicker than you ever imagined. You’ll also notice that energy flows better in your space and you can concentrate more easily on setting and achieving your goals.

Remember: “The key to success is to always work from a clean desk.”

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About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

  • Cody Deegan

    I just want to say thank you for this blog because I learned a lot of knowledge and methods of how to be a productive employee and all your tips here are very usable, but the most methods striking for me is the’ Focus Only On Your Current Task’ because if the employee is focus only of their task theres a possibilty that their performance is to become more productive.

    • You are welcome, Cody. I appreciate your kind words! Thank you for sharing.

  • Jose Ramos

    Well compiled information about office organizing tips. Adopting a clean desk policy encourages employees to keep their desk tidy and also ensures that all confidential information are secured. It also improves productivity and reduces the wastage of time. Thank you for sharing!

    • Yes Jose, I agree. Thank you for reading.

  • Organized office is a key to success!
    But just with organized office you can not achieve the work on time. To make your work completed on time you need to be perfect in structuring the work in such a way that make you perfect in meeting the deadline of different work.

    Want to have deep overview on organizing task at work explore our blog section on “tips to organize work”.

  • Mike

    Hey Brian, do you have any specific examples of studies that say specifically just how much staying organized boosts productivity on average?

  • Sergio Rodrigues

    This guy is amazing. He talks about everything!!!

  • Stephan Tunn

    Thank you Mr. Tracy,

    for this straight to the point and easy to follow tips, that will help to get more done in less time. And thank’s for the great infographik too.

    Best regards


  • andres luque ruiz

    Hello from Spain, Brian and fellows!

    I read ‘Quote of the day’ almost every day, and I feel it like a present of vitality form a wise friend.

    But many times I’ve been thinking of other nuances that might be useful to share with you all.

    Today the quote is ‘Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes’, and it was written by my admired Peter Drucker.

    All of us see and listen everyday how some Politics (who are real effective leaders! for evil some of them!) get actual power from ‘making speeches and being liked’.

    This point of view, I reckon, could reinforce Peter Drucker’s quote in the sense of understand reality better and more acutely.

    Best regards for you Brian, good friend, and to you all, good friends.

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