There are many things which can cause a slip in productivity, but did you ever think office clutter could be one of those causes? We know there are many ways to increase productivity such as having regular breaks, getting a good night’s sleep, eating well and many others, but as the saying goes a tidy house (or office) equals a tidy mind, so if you’re looking for ways to improve productivity, we have some great tips for you.

Being disorganised can cause errors

It’s no surprise that being disorganised can cause errors. Hitting snooze on the alarm clock one too many times, rushing out of the door to work and forgetting to pick something up which you needed for that day is an all too familiar experience. Instead, taking the time to be more organised and focused can help. Invest in desk tidies to sort out paperwork, use a diary or your phone to track your time and plan your days and you can even meal prep to free up time cooking meals. Being organised, especially at work, can help many areas of your career including:

  • Increase productivity
  • Ensure deadlines are met
  • Be on time.

It can cost time and money

Research has revealed that over one million hours are spent a week searching for documents which have been misplaced. This equates to one week a year for each worker – costing businesses £20 million every year in wasted time. So it pays to invest in organisation. One way you can reduce the need to sort through paperwork is to digitise everything. Move documents onto the computer, utilise the cloud and online documents to streamline teams working together and more importantly – create folders to keep track of different documents and files.

How to declutter

There are many ways you can declutter and become more organised and help increase productivity including:

  • Have a designated work area: Keep all of your documents in your work area. If you work from home, for example, and you have an office, keep all of your work-related items within that space. If you leave a document on the kitchen worktop, it may get picked up by someone else in your home and put somewhere it shouldn’t be. Invest in a filing cabinet and file documents away so you’ll always know where they are.
  • Clear your desk at the end of the workday: This means putting loose documents together, removing unnecessary items from your desk. Keep things in the drawers instead to reduce clutter and things which can distract you.
  • Move your room around: Having a little switch around can help clear the space and start afresh. Add desk wheels to make the process easier and allow for a quick switch around whenever you want to change your office.

Ready to reduce the office clutter and increase productivity? Try our simple ways and we’re sure you’ll notice a difference.