The organization of your space can make a huge difference in the quality of your work and productivity. Whether it’s your desk, closet, or even your toolshed, significantly cleaner space can be energizing. If you’ve ever felt distracted or less motivated than usual, the configuration of your space could be the cause.
Organizing your workspace:
- Check the verticality
- Sort everything
- Ask yourself the question
Check the verticality. In other words, make sure you use the wall space at your disposal. “Going vertical” with your shelves can allow you to access every item without having to move other stuff around. In many cases you can remove all clutter simply by unlocking the third dimension. (No, it’s not an alternate dimension, it’s the vertical dimension. No time travel or sci-fi involved, my sincerest apologies.)
Sort everything. I definitely know how difficult it can be to throw stuff away. I really have to force myself to do it. If it’s the same for you, go through and separate everything into three categories: what to keep, what to throw away, and what to donate/sell. Which leads to The Question. “What question?” you ask.
Ask yourself The Question. How long has it been since I used this? This question will save you time and space if you answer it honestly and take action. With desk-related items, if you haven’t used it in six months to a year, you can probably throw it out or donate it. When it comes to your clothing or gardening implements, try two years.
For higher value items, financial guru, Dave Ramsey, recommends another way to look at it. Ask yourself, “What is this worth, if I were to sell it?” and then ask “If I had that amount of money right now, would I buy this item?” If the answer is “No”, sell it.
Once you’ve put everything in its place and feel like giving a grand tour, you’ll know you can call it good.
(Probably even great!)
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