Want A Promotion? Organize Your Workspace

October 12, 2012  |  

Does your workspace look like a tornado swept through it? Not only can the mess make it more difficult for you to do work and give you negative energy, it may also be costing you a promotion, according to Forbes. Having a disorganized desk may be harming your professional image.

So, roll up you sleeves and de-clutter. First envision what you want the space to look like and what purpose it needs to serve. Just as you decorate your house to make the rooms more functional, do so at work as well.

Divide your office or cubicle into zones depending upon the job you do, suggests Forbes. “If your job functions are to research and communicate, for example, you likely require a workspace for your computer, a library area for your books, a storage area for supplies and a filing area for your archives. In just five minutes, you’ve created a functional blueprint for your office space,” notes the article.

You’ve heard the saying, “A place for everything and everything in its place.” This is perfect for organizing your space. Put away all the paperwork you need to file but might not need for a long time. Paperwork that you will need daily and projects you are currently working on—these should be close at hand. Put only the essentials on your desk (though one framed photo doesn’t take much space). Store the rest (along with other office supplies) in a drawer or container not on your desk. Have a place to put your jacket, such as a hook on the door or cubicle wall. Don’t throw your clothes and bag over the back of your chair or on the desk. If you have your gym clothes with you or you went shopping at lunch, stash this stuff away.

Digital clutter, says Forbes, is just as bad. Organize your digital files—even your email. Create folders for emails on different subjects and projects.

But just organizing isn’t enough. You have to maintain the organization. Take a few minutes each day before going home to put things in order. It’s also a good idea, notes the article, to do a quick to-do list for the next day.

Okay now you’re organized. Consider incorporating a few Feng Shui elements into your workspace. Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese method of creating a harmonious environment for a better flow of energy. Those who practice it, believe it makes you more productive and thus more successful. “The best quote on why to use Feng Shui is from Donald Trump: ‘You don’t have to believe in Feng Shui to make it work.  I just know that it brings me money,'” says Feng Shui expert Shelley Sparks, author of Secrets of the Land, Designing Harmonious Gardens With Feng Shui.

Take a few simple Feng Shui  steps at first: “Always keep your desk well-lit to attract good energy to your space,” she tells us. “Keep your space well-organized.  And lastly, if your back has to be to the door or opening to your cubicle, add a mirror so you can see what is coming your way.”

For more info on Feng Shui, visit the About.com website.

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