Do you feel like you cannot be productive when your workspace is constantly cluttered? A little organization might get you back at the top of your game. Here are a few tips for tidying up your space using materials you already have in your office, as suggested in the articles “Office Hacks: Part I & Part II”:
1.DIY Charging Station. If you have so many devices to plug in that your workspace requires a power strip, consider hiding some of the ugly cords by making a charging station out of a simple box. Simply cut the bottom off of a nice looking box and cut separate holes in the side of the box for each cable. Put the power strip inside and feed the cords through the holes—this will prevent cords from getting too tangled and looks a lot nicer than a power strip!
2.Cord Organizer. Another way to keep cords organized is by using large binder clips to clamp the foldback, or extra cord, to the side of your desk, then threading the end of each cable through the handle of the clip to keep them from getting tangled.
3.Keyboard stand. You can also use large binder clips to prop up your keyboard. People prefer their keyboards to be at various levels—especially since typing all day can cause wrist problems—so adjust yours to a level that is comfortable for you by clipping the binder clips to the back of the keyboard and using the handles of the clips to prop the keyboard up. You can slightly adjust the handles or use bigger or smaller clips to set your keyboard at the perfect height for you.
4.Post-it decorations. If you want some cheap, easy decoration for your wall, create shapes out of post-it notes. Keep it simple with abstract designs or try to recreate a favorite painting. It is quirky, interesting, and very easy to create and take down.
5.Wall mount for a tablet. Sometimes your tablet might be best served hanging on a wall—for instance if you need to watch something or give a presentation to someone. Create an affordable wall mount for your iPad or tablet by using 3 or 4 hooks on the wall in the size and shape of your tablet. Slide the tablet into the hooks to use it temporarily, or leave it up as a clock, weather station, or virtual photo album.
6.Water reminders. Many people drink cup after cup of coffee throughout the day to stay alert and focused, but staying hydrated is even more important and can also help you clear your mind. Remind yourself to keep drinking water by buying a large water bottle and adding labels to it from top to bottom for each hour of your workday. This will help you drink certain amounts of water regularly throughout your day.
7.Make your own phone speakers. If you need a little music to stay focused, try creating these easy phone speakers out of a toilet roll and two plastic cups to amplify the sound a little. Simply cut a slit into the toilet role to hold your phone, then cut holes into the sides of the plastic cups and connect them to the toilet roll so the cups are lying on their sides.
Get creative with the materials you already have in your office to find ways to keep yourself as organized and efficient as possible!