10 Stylish Ways to Organize Your Work Space & Increase Productivity

So once again increasing productivity has topped your list of New Years resolutions, somewhere between making sorghum your new quinoa and saving more money. And not to discourage you from the noble goal of loosing 10 pounds, but putting your work space in check is something you can do with little effort and in a short amount of time.

BEGIN WITH A BLANK SLATE
Reorganizing your desk will be so much simpler if you start by clearing everything off the top of your desk and removing all items from the drawers. Place the objects on a separate table or on the floor so you can go through it. Once the initial clutter is out of the way, you’ll be able to assess exactly how you want your desk to look.

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Wood and Metal Teagan Desk, World Market

START TOSSING
While it’s okay to hold onto things that have sentimental value, sort through your desk top and drawer items and throw away anything that’s no longer current. Toss outdated calendars, junk mail, old post-its, etc. Set aside a pile for any tech items that have become unceremoniously obsolete and can be recycled. You’re moving forward, so everything on your desk should be ready to use going forward.

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Lava Trash Bin, LexMod

REARRANGE
Now that it’s time to start putting things back on your desk, don’t just stick everything back where it was. Think of new ways you could reorder your desk to take advantage of the space you have. Devising an engaging and efficient layout will keep things interesting and keep you productive. Applyin Feng Shui principles may help to balance your work space.

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The illustration above demonstrates how you can arrange a desk according to the Feng Shui Bagua map

A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING
And everything in it’s place. Group like things together and refresh your filing system. Incorporate trays and containers into your ecosystem to help you keep your things organized and easily accessible.

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Poppin Desk Accessories, poppin.com

GO VERTICAL
In in effort to not crow your desktop and drawers, climb the walls! Make use of the vertical space all around you. Install magnetic, cork or DIY cloth boards to store and post loose items that you want to hold on to like business cards and take-out menus. Use inexpensive frames to hang wall art. Add decorative hooks to keep frequently used items out of the way.

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Mix and match “Daily System” components from Pottery Barn; potterybarn.com

FRESH AIR AND DAYLIGHT DO WONDERS
I labored in the cubicle farm for years until I got promoted and finally got my own office – with a window! Too bad that window faced an air shaft with a view of the adjacent building’s brick wall. Needless to say not a ray of sunshine found its way into my office, and opening said window invited in the smell of greasy fast food from the restaurant below. If you find yourself fresh air and day light challenged at work try the GermGuardian tabletop air purifier to capture 99.7% of dust and allergens in your personal air space. Also switch to full spectrum lighting to bring sunlight indoors.

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An adjustment to lighting can make a world of difference in the perception of a space.

ADD PLANT LIFE
Studies have shown that having plants in your work space increases productivity by 15%. In addition to improving air quality, plants are psychologically engaging resulting in a happier working you. Spider plants, golden pothos, dracaenas are just a few that reduce allergens in the air while being low maintenance. Check out this infographic  for NASA’s complete list of air purifying plants, or read the full report here.

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Self-watering Golden Pothos, homedepot.com

MUSIC TO LIFT YOUR MOOD
The right soundtrack can power you through the toughest workout, so why not use a musical motivator at work? Create a playlist or streaming station of hits that lift your spirits and make you feel like you can accomplish anything. Try and avoid songs that make you feel sentimental and will distract from productivity. Invest in a good set of headphones in case your office mates don’t share your taste in tunes.

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Bose SoundLink II wireless headphones allow you to connect to multiple Bluetooth enabled devices

WIRE TAMER
With the ever increasing number of devices that require electricity, you’ll need to get your cords under control. Designate space on your desk or wall as your charging station. Simple zip ties are great for bundling cords and preventing tripping hazards. Try reusable cable zip ties from Cable Organizer that allow you to reposition, remove and reuse the ties.

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Bamboo Charging Station, houzz.com

MOOD LIGHTING
Florescent lighting is harsh and inescapable in most work environments. Take charge of your desk-mosphere by implementing your own lighting design. Incorporate non-traditional desk lamps, string lights and adhesive LED lights into your work space.

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Multiple sources of lighting gives you the flexibility to create an atmosphere to fit your mood

UPGRADE YOUR OFFICE SUPPLIES
Your office probably has a closet filled with standard supplies purchased in bulk. Break out of the boring and spring for some new supplies that speak more to your style. Fred and Friends is a cool resource for oddball office supplies, as well as Awesome Stuff to Buy. Don’t forget, coffee mugs count as office supplies too!

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Maki Push Pins, fredandfriends.com

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