Life is messy.
Don’t make it worse by living in an untidy home or working surrounded by stacks of paper.
You might not realize it, but clutter can hurt productivity and make it harder to focus. Similarly, if you’re not keeping a schedule handy, you’re wasting a lot of mental energy trying to remember where you’re supposed to be or what you’re supposed to be doing at any given time.
Resolve to get more organized this year, and start with your workstation.
Get rid of old notes on your desk and clear out your computer desktop. If you have 10,000 emails staring you down, take a couple of hours to clear them out.
Chances are, the vast majority of your emails don’t require your attention.
Set up folders in your email to keep your inbox tidy and keep a notepad open and a pen handy for ad-hoc tasks and ideas. If you’re notorious for having a messy desk, invest in a filing cabinet and designate specific drawers for different kinds of paperwork.
In a month, go through your drawer and see what you can dump, you’ll be surprised at how much junk accumulates.