Save Time While Killing Clutter

productivity killing clutter Jumpstart Monday | Get your week off to a great start with the Day-Timer blog. Each Monday we’re going to feature a new tip to help you gain a more productive week at work and at home.
Today’s tip: De-clutter your workspace.

If it often feels like a mountain is standing in the way of your goals, then perhaps you have a clutter problem. The good news is: it’s National Clutter Awareness Week and we’ll be looking at ways you can increase your productivity by reducing the clutter in your life.

Today we start with your frequently used workspaces.

Try This:

Think about the key areas of your life — the spaces where you spend the most time doing your activities. This might include your office desk or your kitchen sink areas.

Schedule yourself a 30 minute appointment each day to work one specific area. Take that time to really attack the clutter:

  • Make decisions on the paper piles: file, trash, recycle
  • Sort your mail by action types: read, pay bill, file, recycle
  • Store less commonly-used items like staplers, books and the kitchen blender
  • Remember the fingertip management rule
  • Expand out from the focal point of clutter and organize the immediate surrounding areas

Here’s Why:

Having a cluttered workspace can dramatically reduce your ability to get things done in two ways: first, it physically impedes your ability to find the files, tools, and information that are important right now; second, it cramps your progress by reducing your available workspaces. It’s hard to spread out and be productive when you feel boxed in by clutter.

Take a stand on your clutter this week. Start by scheduling some time-saving, clutter-killing appointments today.

Also, take time to read our Tips for Creating a Smarter Spring Cleaning Plan.

Here’s a great post on reducing the clutter in your life in 5 minutes.  [Zen Habits]

[photo by Ed Ogle]
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