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.

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 of 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.”

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.

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