If you’re having a hard time staying focused, the mess on your desk could be partly to blame, writes Mike Michalowicz at American Express OPEN Forum. However, you can get more productive by making a few simple adjustments to your habits and workspace, he writes.
- Cut the clutter. Nothing is more distracting than a pile of papers on your desk. Create a to-do list and put the papers away until you need them.
- Don’t watch the clock. Staring at the time can add unnecessary stress, so put your clock someplace where you can’t see it.
- Hide your desk toys. Desk toys are a ready-made distraction. Put them out of reach so you aren’t tempted to fiddle with them.
- Stretch your legs. Get up and do some physical activity at regular intervals. Sitting for too long can make it hard to concentrate.
— Adapted from “Is Your Desk Destroying Your Productivity?” Mike Michalowicz, OPEN Forum.