We have all made some pretty serious New Year’s resolutions, but with spring on our doorstep, it’s time for some meaningful change as well. One may think that something as easy as spring cleaning cannot possibly be as effective as some of the more impactful changes in life, but you would be surprised. By cleaning your surroundings and getting rid of clutter, you will provide a new, fresh start for yourself that will leave a lot of room for personal growth and sense of freedom. With this stressor out of your way, you will feel more motivated to fulfill your long-term goals. If some of your resolutions are related to your work, you should know that your working environment can have immense influence on your productivity and mood.
Get it all out
The first step to spring decluttering is undoubtedly a thorough cleanup of all important surfaces. This doesn’t only include your desk and computer, but other areas of the room as well. This is especially important for people who work in a home office. Get everything out of the way and start cleaning meticulously. It’s essential that you get rid of dust, vacuum the space properly as well as keep the windows sparkly clean. As we all know, plenty of natural light is a great productivity booster, and you don’t want winter debris stuck to your windows. Once the entire room is clean, you can start with more specific bits, such as furniture, shelves and so on.
Reconsider your vision board
If you don’t have a board that features all your important tasks as well as inspirational photos and messages, now is a perfect time to get or make one. On the other hand, if you already have one from last year, you may want to assess its usefulness. People need change in their life to prosper; so, you should definitely check whether motivational aspects of this board match your current goals and aspirations. Introduce something new to this board even if it’s just a new color or shape of post-it notes. Most importantly, if there’s something on it that reminds you of a bad period or even a failure, make sure to get rid of it. You don’t need that kind of negativity for a fresh start.
Go through desk content
Now that everything is clean and your working area is ready to be organized, it’s time to go through your desk content. This includes all the decorative bits and pieces, work necessities, important papers, stationery, etc. First of all, make sure that all decorative details inspire you without disrupting your focus. If you don’t have any plants in this area, you should probably green up your surroundings a bit. Make sure to check every single paper and document because a lot of useless things accumulate over time and mix with those that are actually relevant. Toss away all the pens that don’t work anymore and stock up on other essentials. That way, you’ll effectively declutter unnecessary mess and organize your work area the way it suits your needs the best.
Create pleasant working conditions
No one should work in a stuffy room. In that sense, make sure that there’s always fresh air in your personal working environment. Sometimes, plants and windows are not enough, especially if you’re prone to allergies. In this case, consider installing an effective air purifier. A desk that doesn’t have a proper balance can also disturb your concentration and cause additional stress. You can deal with this effectively by placing a high traction non slip mat under the desk legs. The furniture and the room’s layout should provide you with enough comfort without limiting your freedom of movement. If your desk light is too strong for your eyes, replace it with more soothing alternatives.
All the above-mentioned changes and decluttering won’t take a lot of your time, but your work area will be transformed. With junk thrown away, a proper organization system, as well as personal and inspirational details that spark up your motivation, you will create a perfect place to discover an even better, happier and more efficient you.