Have you ever wanted to know how some of the most successful individuals organize their daily workspace? We’ve taken a look at some of the most inspirational business men and women organize their space so they can be the best and most efficient they can be. In this list we’ll be exploring how to change your workspace for the better and how you can apply some of the key directions and organizational elements to your own lifestyle to push your work to the next level.
After reading this list, hopefully you’ll have a great idea on how to organize your desk this coming year! Let’s get productive.
Peter Walsh is the well known author of “It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan For Living A Richer Life With Less Stuff”. He’s prided his work around his organization and the balance he’s found by simplifying his workspace. This method of how he only keeps what he uses every single day on his desk surface has really helped downsize other areas of his life as well. Making his life efficient and with less wasted time. He says that if you use it every day it should be on your desk, if you use it once a week, it shouldn’t be in sight.
Keep The Most Important Things
Peter Walsh’s idea of keeping your desk as a workstation, not a storage facility is something we could all apply to our lives. He keeps personal items and decor to a minimum so his focus is purely on the work in front of him. You can easily do this by bringing home all of your pictures and decor and storing it away or donating it. Keep your desk clean so you don’t become distracted.
David Allen, the author of “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity,” prides himself on his clean workspace. He’s always touting how important it is to be productive and with only a small desk he’s found that it limits what it’s able to hold, which really puts you in the position of making choices of what’s important and what should stay home.
Keep It Simple
David Allen keeps his work space very simple and clean, but one place where he allows mess is his folder organizational tool on his desk. This space makes it very easy to throw in notes, work files, and reminders so you can get to them later. This way those papers won’t be cluttering up your desk while you work throughout the day.
Julie Morgenstern is extremely selective when it comes to what she puts on her desk. Right now she only has her computer, keyboard, telephone, and a small clock. That’s it! Close by she makes sure she keeps her planner in reach and her to-do lists. The key to success for this author of “Organizing From The Inside Out” focuses on simplicity to the extreme. This way there’s less of a chance to distract herself.
Try Something New
Julie Morgenstern is also currently trying out a daily affirmation calendar designed by Louise Hay, she says it’s in no way essential, but it’s something new that she wants to try and so far she’s loved it. Even though it’s not necessary, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have it at your desk if it really does help you throughout the day in any way. Don’t be afraid to try something new!
Peter Bregman, an author of Four Seconds, has three elements he loves about his workspace. He has his standing desk, a landline, and his microphone for when he creates podcasts. That’s all he needs and has other supplies for work stored away off of his desktop space. But sometimes he likes to switch up his workspace and curl up on the couch when he writes. He likes to keep things fresh during his daily routine and he always puts his health first.
Put Your Health First
A key element Peter Bregman explains about his desk is the standing aspect. Because of his standing desk, he is able to be more focused and also maintain his energy without becoming too drowsy from sitting at his desk all day.
Jocelyn Glei is the editor of, “Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus and Sharpen Your Creative Mind”. She hates clutter more than anything. Everything on her desk has to have meaning and she will always make sure her space is hyper organized. One of her favorite aspects of her desk is the fact that it’s actually quite big. This means she has a ton of space to really explore her creativity.
Keep The Clutter Away
She only keeps her two computers and tablet on her desk, anything else is considered clutter and she can’t stand to have clutter invading her workspace. By making sure she has tons of room to explore different projects, she always feels at home at her desk.
Kip Tindell is the CEO and founder of The Container Store, he constantly organizes everything around him and even though he loves bright and bold color, he is also clutter free. He has a section for books that inspire him, he has a few select decorations that inspire him to push himself, and he always likes to remind guests about what keeps him inspired to push his business further than anyone else.
Keep Everything Organized
Kip Tindell shows us that you don’t have to have a basic black and white or monochrome workspace that’s boring to look at just to achieve a clutter free zone. This is a game changer in many ways because by choosing how you color your workspace, you’ll express yourself, while also getting rid of the need for tacky clutter on your actual work space.
All you need is an open mind and some motivation when it comes to cleaning your workspace. The moment you do it, you’ll be able to put much more focus and care into your work.
Are you ready to start fresh?