Getting Organized for Better Focus and Control

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Clean Your Workspace

It’s a generally held view that a chaotic desk or workspace will lead to a chaotic mental state. If you tidy up your workspace, it has a beneficial effect on your mind, giving you a feeling of clarity that’s conducive to focus.

Schedule a regular “big cleaning” every week or so. You should also get into good regular tidying habits. Get into the habit of putting things away right after you use them and devote a bit of time each day to general tidying and cleaning.

Keep Your Home Organized

The same as above goes for your home. In addition to regular cleaning, it’s important to tackle clutter in the home and there are many systems that make it easy to do this. One is the Marie Kondo Method, which the author details in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. The idea behind this method is to keep items out which “spark joy” and discard those that don’t. This is just one of the many systematic approaches to getting rid of clutter.

Get Organized

Organize tools, files and anything else you use for work. Everything you need should be easily within reach. It should take a minimum of time to find the things you need when you need them. If you’re disorganized, you’ll waste precious time digging for the things you need.

  • Get rid of clutter wherever you find it
  • Create an efficient and easy filing system
  • Designate “zones” for different activities or types of work
  • Put most-used and most-needed things within the easiest reach
  • Prioritize regular daily tasks

Destroy Distractions

Establish rules and habits that allow you to more easily deal with distractions. A few ideas include:

  • Close multiple windows when working at your PC
  • Close and/or log out of your email and designate certain times of the day to check
  • Turn off all email, social media and other notifications
  • Log out of social media and set aside a specific time during the day for it
  • Turn off your phone or put it on silent mode and put it in a drawer
  • Close your door and separate yourself as much as possible from everything else that’s going on in your workplace
  • Wear noise-blocking headphones if you can’t control the noise in your work environment
  • Learn to say no to requests that are tough for you to do at the moment

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