What do organizing your workspace and productivity have in common?
Let’s continue the theme of making your work and homeschool life easier with tips for organizing your workspace. Organizing creates an environment that fosters focus. It minimizes distractions. It also helps keep mom work or school work from spilling from room to room. And prevents lost homework, lost Chromebooks, lost workbooks, lost reading books, etc.
Want to see massive results in focus and productivity? Commit to creating a specific workspace. And maintain the space by putting things away in their place so you can find them when you need them. It’s literally as easy as a 10 minute clean up at the end of your school or workday. You start the following day with a clear space. Plus you have the items you need when you need them…Because an organized workspace means less time looking for lost things.
So many people see organizing their desk as a one and done task. They do it monthly or seasonally or perhaps when the space becomes unbearable. I’m suggesting that you work the practice of maintaining your space into your daily work or school routine.
And you may be thinking “at the end of the day I just want to be done”. Or there’s no way I can get my kid to clean up when they are done, they just want out. But the long term benefits to maintaining your workspace include getting work done quicker, working more focused, and actually spending less time “working” because you have what you need when you need it and aren’t getting up to look for it.
And let’s be real…how many of us enjoy saying “do you know where your folder with you work is”. Or “where is my laptop? I have Zoom call”. Knowing where to find the supplies we need makes working from home, whatever that work is, so much easier.
And I’m sure your family will gladly spend a few extra minutes putting things away at the end of work session if they can avoid crazy mommy time. My kids will literally do anything to prevent crazy mommy time.
Steps for Organizing Your Workspace
Have I convinced you? Do you agree that taking the time to organize a specific workspace is beneficial for you? Your family? And your neighbors who may hear you losing your mind? Here are my steps create and keep a workspace organized.
First, make sure you collect all the items you might need in one space. Depending on your curriculum or your work, there is a list of frequently used items you will need. Make a list of those items then start to collect them in on place. And don’t think “I don’t have a home office so I can’t create a workspace”. Or “we have 3 kids and only one office to share so we can’t create dedicated spaces”. Sure, you may not be able to have one desk per child. But each kid can have a bin or basket to hold the supplies they need in one place. And the same applies to mom.
Organizing your workspace is especially important if you share a workspace. It makes it easier to keep track of whose work is whose. You can see what supplies refilled. And it makes it easy to make your workspace mobile if you need family members working in different rooms.
Next, make a habit of putting those supplies away in their home after your work sessions. Maintenance is a far too often overlooked step in organizing processes. And spending a few minutes returning items to their homes can save you many minutes, even hours, looking for office supplies and lost homework.
My challenge to you today is to make a list of everything you need in a typical workday. Or everything your child would need in a school day. Bonus points if you go ahead and collect all those items in one space. And bonus bonus points if you assign them a home in your home. 🤣
Got questions about organizing your space? What to put your supplies in? How to get in the maintenance habit? Let me know in the comments below…