How to Set Your WFH Desk Up for Success
Whether you're headed back to the office or reclaiming your WFH space, now is the best time to refresh your desk. Below are our top 10 desk organization tips you can use today to improve organization and productivity and set your workspace up for success, no matter where your desk is. Combine the following tips with best-selling desk organization tools for the ultimate desk setup.
1. Give yourself space to work from home.
In the office, getting organized is a bit easier since everything has its place. Your at-home workspace, however, may be in the kitchen, shared with family members, in a dedicated home office, or maybe it changes from day to day. Wherever it is, find a dedicated space to set up your work desk so you have adequate room to breathe, focus, and work productively (and comfortably).
WFH desk organization inspiration by @cozyandclutterfree, featuring Erin Condren Binder Planner
2. Minimize the clutter with desk organizers.
Clutter can negatively affect your brain and your work So, if you find it difficult to focus or notice your productivity slipping, take a moment to clear the clutter. Keep only what you need on your WFH desk stored in desk organizers; organize and stash the rest.
3. Decorate your WFH desk to motivate and inspire!
Motivation and inspiration are powerful tools you can control to positively influence your mood and work performance. Accessorize while you organize your workspace with desk décor accessories, and more that motivate and inspire you.
4. Adjust your lighting to improve your focus and energy.
Well-lit workspaces can improve your focus, energy, and productivity. Natural light is best; so, try filtering more natural light to your work desk. If that’s not possible, consider natural light lamps with adjustable settings. This is a handy tool when working late or in winter when the sun sets before the workday is done.
5. Make a to-do list and keep it on your desk.
This is an easy and effective productivity hack. Downloading your daily tasks from your head onto paper (or a wet-erase desk stand, whiteboard, etc.) can free up valuable headspace and help you prioritize your to-dos so you can work smarter, not harder. Keep that list visible on your WFH desk to help you stay on task and maximize your productivity.
6. Leverage the vertical spaces above your desk.
Your workspace is not limited to the surface of your desk. Use those vertical spaces above and below your desk to organize, store, and plan. Free up more space to work and clear the clutter using wall organizers and planning whiteboards above your work-from-home desk (if you've got the space, use it!) and file cabinets below.
7. Create a smart storage system for your desk.
Have a lot of papers and office supplies to wrangle? A smart way to control stubborn WFH desk clutter is to use a storage system that doubles as desk decor! You can organize your office or desk with stylish pencil and pen holders, paper trays, desk organizers, even portable organizer caddies (in addition to leveraging those vertical spaces we talked about in tip #6).
8. Get a color-coding system going.
Whether you love beautiful bright colors or sophisticated neutrals, harness the power of your favorite colors to color-code, organize, and stylize your desk. Create a color-coded organization system using functional and fashionable desk accessories and organization tools that help you organize, store, and retrieve the things you need quickly and efficiently.
9. Reduce noise pollution in your home workspace.
Noise pollution can drain your focus and reduce your productivity. You may be surprised by how much noise competes for your attention on a daily basis—from alarms, notifications, phone calls, ambient noise, and more. While you can’t control noise pollution coming from outside your home or office, you can minimize it inside by limiting digital notifications during working sessions and using stress-free timers (instead of alarms) like hourglasses.
10. Change up your desk to keep it fresh.
If you're working from home, returning to the office, or toggling between the two, simply refreshing your desk(s) can refresh the whole energy of your workspace (plus, it just feels good!). If you start to feel uninspired by your desk setup, or are just in the mood to change things up, it’s time to treat yourself to new desk organization tools and accessories.
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