Nothing increases workplace stress like leaving a deadline to the last minute.
And this is made even worse when you overhear your colleague discuss how they finished their report weeks ago.
While that extremely organised co-worker (every office has one) can cause your stress levels to soar even higher, perhaps there’s something we could learn from them?
Productivity has become quite the buzzword in recent years, but, as Huffington Post suggests, trying to steam ahead through our work without taking the time to organise could actually cause us to waste more time.
In fact, the average office worker wastes over an hour every day just looking for things.
But fear not. Huffington Post has put together a list of things organised people do every day so you can start to bring some order to your office life:
Keep desks clutter-free
Having a cluttered desk impacts your focus. And this isn’t just some HR mumbo jumbo: research by Princeton University saw how competing stimuli on an untidy desk impacted brain activity in MRIs. Organising your desk really does help organise things in your mind.
Keep a single to-do list
In the digital era, it may seem a bit old school to keep a physical, daily to-do list but putting everything into one list means you have all the information you need in one place and stops you wasting time looking in different places.
Start the day by taking a few minutes to put the day’s to-do list together and place it on your now clutter-free desk.
Know their weaknesses
Knowing your weaknesses means you can put organisational structures in place to overcome them. So, if there’s that one thing you always forget to do, set a reminder. Or if you tend to let meetings overrun, set a timer.
Tidy the desk at the end of the day
As you work throughout the day, it’s inevitable that your desk will get a bit messy. To avoid this building up, and to make sure you have a clear head when you sit down to work the next day, set aside a couple of minutes at the end of the day to reorganise your desk.