My productivity is determined by how clean and organised my workspace is, which is why I make it a habit of getting my workspace in order at the end of the day.

A clear and organised workspace helps to support my performance, as my mind is clear to perform tasks without being distracted by clutter. On the other hand, a disorganised workspace can limit how much work I get done because I am wasting time shuffling and looking for stuff; consequently creating stress and reducing my motivation.

Before my workday is done, I spend some time cleaning an organising my desk, ensuring everything is put back in its place, and any unwanted items are appropriately discarded. I don’t just limit this habit to my physical desk; I also apply it to my digital workspace–my laptop. Digital clutter is just as distracting and can also limit my productivity in the same way as physical clutter, which is why I spend time filing or deleting emails and other electronic documents. If an email needs action, I will add it to my to-do list.

Whether it’s an office, kitchen, garage, shop, or the many other places people work, consider developing the habit of organising your workspace at the end of the day. Starting your workday with an organised space will help keep you calm, motivated, and more importantly, productive.

This is blog five of my short blog series called Things I Organise Before Going to Bed. Keep an eye out tomorrow for blog number six in the series.