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Five ways to de-clutter at work

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Time to de-clutter
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Time to de-clutter

Are you feeling inundated with work? Do you feel like you need more hours in a day? Is the sight of your messy desk stressing you out? Then it’s time to de-clutter. Let's see what experts have to say on how to get your work and workplace in order.

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Clean your desk
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Clean your desk

"Ever got riled up for having your pedestal filled with several staplers, but none of them loaded when you needed one? No one needs this kind of energy at work. Look around your desk, put all that you don’t need in a box and clear your workspace of all that clutter," says Vipul Singh, vice president (HR), ADP. Employers, in turn, should keep in mind that a well-designed workspace reinforces the organisational mission and vision. Physically installed cues provide a sense of direction to all employees in prioritising and accomplishing their tasks.

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 Plan, schedule
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Plan, schedule

Start each day with a plan. Taking out 15-20 minutes at the beginning of the day helps you have a clear vision of what your day’s goals are. It’s even better if you can schedule your activities. If that’s too rigid or if your work is of a more unpredictable nature, make a list of things you need to do, number them in order of importance and allot the time you need for each task. You'll find that you magically have more time now.

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One task at a time
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One task at a time

"Prioritise and complete the task at hand. Moving from one task to another will only clutter your mind and leave you with several unfinished tasks," says Singh. Research shows you end up losing time when you multi-task because your brain needs to re-orient itself every time you switch. So, ‘monotask’, instead of multitasking. Once you’ve finished your task, don’t get attached to processes you’ve created, says Pawan Gadia, CEO (retail and online), Ferns N Petals. Instead, introspect and make improvements.

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Be productive
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Be productive

"Different people have different ideas, but not all are purposeful. Prioritise ideas that will positively impact the organisation," says Singh. The things you enjoy doing on a surface level, like scrolling through social media and the things that add value to an organisation can be completely different, says Gadia. Pay attention to what's productive.

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Use technology
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Use technology

Technology helps you manage your time and work-related stress better, says Gadia. For example, make use of calendar apps and email invitations to manage meetings. Apps like Forest and Offtime help you keep away from distractions when you need to focus. For managers, there are also tools to provide business intelligence on aspects like productivity, says Ferns N Petals’ Gadia.

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