How to Organise Your Workspace and Boost Your Productivity

How to Organise your WorkspaceAs a writer, I have developed a knack for writing anytime and anywhere. It can be in a coffee shop a la J.K. Rowling, or on the train during a commute. I’ve even been known to take a pad and pen into the bath with me, but nothing compares to having a desk for my creative pursuits.
Most office workers will have a desk they call their own, and they can become highly territorial about it. It’s a place to house your potted plant, family photo, folders, files, a collection of coffee mugs, and somewhere under the mess, a laptop or computer.
Having a desk at home can be vital to your wellbeing and sanity. It’s where you can plan, organise and streamline your life. A dedicated workspace allows you to stay prepared, and be on top of the household comings and goings as well as work related activities.
So, how can we organise our home workspace and boost our productivity?

  • Tidy Desk, Tidy MindTidy Desk Tidy Mind

My desk has multiple uses. It’s where I write my books and blog posts. My computer is located here, so it’s where I send all my emails. I have a small filing cabinet where I store my bills once paid, and a stack of filing trays for receipts and school related letters.
Once I’ve finished my writing projects for the day, I clear the desk down, so it’s ready for the children to do their homework, or for me to sort out my household budget.
Keeping my desk tidy helps me to stay on track with running a home, a business and coordinating three teenagers.  Everything has a place, and I know that I can put my hand on what I need fairly quickly. If I didn’t have a workspace at home, then I wouldn’t have a clue what was going on in my life!

  • De-Clutter Regularly

I can’t talk about organising a workspace without mentioning my favourite hobby – de-cluttering! It’s great to have a dedicated area to sort bills, send emails or schedule family activities, but clutter breeds and it needs to be sorted out on a regular basis. Otherwise, your beautiful, well thought-out desk space will become another stress point.
With an ever increasing reading list, I recently decided to invest in larger bookshelves and a new desk; it was the ideal opportunity to de-clutter my office. I donated some older books to charity, freeing up lots of space, and spent a therapeutic afternoon sorting through paperwork, folders, and shredding anything I no longer needed. The time I spent left me feeling inspired and I was eager to get back to writing in my new office space.

  • Divide into Zones

I’m fortunate that my writing cave is large enough to fit my desk, bookshelves, and a small seating area. Having a ‘work zone’ and a ‘relaxation zone’ is a fabulous way to boost your productivity. You can move between areas throughout the day whenever you need to take a break.
It’s useful to have something at home that you can use as a control centre or a home hub. It doesn’t have to be a huge desk or take up a lot of room. Before I was able to use one of the rooms in my house as an office, I had a small desk tucked into the corner of my kitchen. It worked just as well.
Think about where you could base a workspace in your home if you haven’t already got one.  If you have, then what could you do to make it more organised? Pen pots, filing trays, noticeboards are all helpful items to keep the flow of positive, organised energy moving.
I’d love to hear about your organised workspace, be it at home or in an office. Do you have any tips you’d like to share?
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  1. Love your work zone Shelley!
    I only wish we had that luxury in our house!
    I have a small computer desk where the family PC is and sometimes I will use that. I have decluttered our bookshelves (wish I could get round to decluttering a lot of other things too though!) My writing and work mainly takes place in my bedroom though, on my bed, using my laptop or Surface tablet.
    However, I have been known to compose posts on my phone while sitting at my children’s drum lessons, or on a break at school too!
    I long for the luxury of time to sit in a coffee shop with my pen and paper, my tablet, ad a steaming Chai Latte, looking like a true author!!!

    1. Ah, Ritu, a ‘true author’ can write anywhere! I think you are doing a fabulous job. I struggle to text on my phone as my eyesight gets worse so I couldn’t imagine blogging from it!

  2. I’m lucky enough to have a space to use as a permanent home office, but I also use it for home stuff. I try to keep it tidy, but I don’t always success – not least because my husband has a desk in the same room and he is a proper Mr Messy. There’s no doubt, though, that a tidy workspace is much more productive than chaos.

  3. a tidy desk is a must for me, I can’t stand bits of tut getting in the way when I’m working. I struggle a little on the decluttering – tried Konmari techniques for a while which were great, but I’m afraid I’m a bit of a hoarder at heart XD

    1. Oh I can totally relate to that! I love de-cluttering but only because I have SO much to de-clutter haha! Great book to read is Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston – it’s life changing!

  4. Great advice, Shelley. I’ll be taking that on board! My office is in serious need of reorganisation. It’s a triple-threat space – office for the day job, craft room for the blog and spare bedroom for extra guests. In theory, it should be large enough, but it looks tiny and untidy with overcrowding. It’s on my To Do list!! Sx

  5. Love seeing someones Office/Cave! Always makes me feel inspired. Love how everyones is that little bit different too. I’m still working on mine, after the house move (7 months ago now, haha, can you say slacking?) and I’m really starting to feel the need for it. Right now it’s a junk room.
    Yours looks great, Shelley. Nice and airy, bright with natural light, and tons of inspiration on those shelves. Perfect! Though, I’m hoping the scratching post isn’t for you when you’re getting a bit stressed? Even if it’d be a unique solution to Writers Block…

    1. Haha, there have been moments when I was tempted to use it but Luna wouldn’t be impressed!! I’ve only recently moved into this room, originally I was in my converted garage but it was freezing (even in summer!). I can now see the garden so I’m happy – green space helps my creativity! ????

  6. I love your work space! I am in the process of creating mine as we redo our basement. Currently, I write at the kitchen table, but I am so looking forward to having my own space that is dedicated to my writing and my work!

  7. Gee, how can I follow a class name like ‘Becca Barracuda’? I’ll try. I have converted a 2nd bedroom to an office/studio in which I have bookcases, an Argos flatpack desk topped with a huge slab of laminated kitchen benchtop, plus a wonderful leather-inset mahogany desk I won from a charity shop, all of which give me excellent storage/workspace. I work (primarily) from a desktop (I, too, have Shelley’s genetic eye malfunction) with a decent size monitor to place an A4 page in real size together with other programs/internet. I know I spoil myself, but I must reinforce Shelley’s words: we can (and must) write anywhere if we are determined.
    So yes, having our own space is a bonus, and does help productivity — provided we apply ourself.

  8. We are making a space especially for me in our new home, we are looking at a secretary desk that folds up to look like a cabinet…. I am so excited. Still climbing over boxes and renovating but the husband has my needs at heart. Great post.

    1. Oh, I’m with you on that, Suzanne. Clutter seems to appear out of thin air in my house! I have a lovely summer house in the garden that becomes a pop-up office in warmer weather – the verandah would be a lovely spot 🙂

  9. The current workspace I have is my pillow on top of my lap and the comfort of my bed….that’s where my blog posts get created :)….As I have worked in different cities, and constantly being shifted, the permanent workspace orworkdesk has still not got materialised. But I have a nice sidetable which I use to keep my necessities relating to online work that I do….:)…I also keep my diffusers to keep the air aromatic all around me while writing….

  10. Genius post! I have seriously figured out each and every one of these = more productivity for me, at different times in my life, BUT I am overdue for reassessing my own current workspace in light of all three of these at once!!! Thanks for the awesome reminder! 🙂

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