When people think about spring cleaning, they usually think of closet clutter, junk drawers, and unopened piles of mail. It’s true that every workspace can use a good deep cleaning, but the most important workspace is your head. Your mind. Your brain. Noggin. Noodle. Dome. You get it: there’s mental clutter and physical clutter, and it’s important to keep yourself free of both.
Just like real spring cleaning with mops and rooms and vacuums, for dusting off your workspace there’s plenty of tools to choose from. Read on to learn how to spring clean your office space, whether that’s a desk or the space between your ears:
Desks are like a home away from home (or in the home for remote workers). They carry all the necessities — laptops, pens, planners and two day old cups of coffee. They’re perfect. But like everything else, they aren’t exempt from a good deep clean.
Once you’ve done the “dirty work” (or is it “clean work”?) you’ll be able to sit back and enjoy a sparkling clean space…before getting right back to work.
Rocketbook Tip: Want to skip the step of organizing piles of papers. Try a reusable Rocketbook notebook. You can save your notes online, and erase the pages to be reused again.
Workspace cleaning doesn’t apply to just desks — the online office deserves a good scrub, too. There’s three key areas that should be looked at for file cleaning: (1) the desktop, (2) the Cloud, and (3) the emails.
Spring Cleaning Tip: Eliminate your email clutter down with the Inbox Zero method. Check out our podcast, The Betterment Experiment, to hear our co-founders talk about testing it out for a week.
Decluttering also applies to time — cut out the clutter from your schedule by setting a task timer.
By taking on one thing at a time rather than 50, you’ll produce stronger results and a clearer mind.
Spring Cleaning Tip: Learn to master the art of scheduling with time-blocking.
Finally, it’s time to declutter your head with some meditation practice. You don’t have to be a yogi to meditate — all you need is a quiet space and some time. Yes, that even means you can do meditation at the office! Just find an empty conference room and you’ll be good to go.
Spring Cleaning Factoid: Jake — our co-founder — swears by meditation after first calling it “hocus pocus”.
Use these tips to guide you on a deep clean in all corners of your life. These tips don’t just work on workspaces and headspaces in the Spring. Refer back to this blog all year round to make your life more organized, efficient and easy. Here’s to some tidy productivity!
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