A wise man once said, “If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?”
What is the most common complaint among many office workers?
That their desk is cluttered and overwhelming.
Turn your workspace into an organized paradise this National Clean Your Desk Day, an annual event meant to assist you and your team with taming desk clutter.
Why Cleaning Your Desk is Important
In honor of National Clean Your Desk Day 2023, it’s time to consider why keeping your desk clean is essential. A clean workspace can positively impact everything from productivity and security to physical health and mental well-being. A clean desk policy (CDP) mandating that employees clear their desks of all papers at the end of the day can help with security compliance and prevent annoying mess, the smell of old paper, and any leftover food from building up. It also makes the office a more excellent place to be.
The cleanliness of your desk can tell a lot about you and your work environment. An organized workspace is typically more inviting than one that’s cluttered and messy, and it is especially welcome in today’s open-plan offices.
But a clean desk isn’t just aesthetically pleasing – it can also lead to improved productivity and persistence and better physical and mental health. Studies have shown that an office keyboard can have up to 7,500 bacteria, and people averagely waste 4.3 hours per week just looking for paper. A clean desk will reduce the number of germs and help people quickly find what they need without stress.
From famous examples like Craig Newmark and Steve Jobs, who had clean and organized workspaces, to creative geniuses like Albert Einstein, who were known for their messy offices, it’s clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Ultimately, having a clean desk is all about finding what works best for you, your team, and your work environment.
The Best Ways to Clean off Your Desk
The National Clean Your Desk Day encourages us to take a few minutes to clean off our desks. Doing so will provide numerous benefits, such as improved health and increased efficiency. It can also help reduce stress, create a better first impression, and improve office security.
- Remove everything from your desk, including documents and photos, and place them in the appropriate locations. Next, clean the desk surface. Finally, use a shredder and garbage can to dispose of outdated documents, non-working pens, and junk mail. Additionally, it is important to organize and delete emails as needed.
- Once you have completed the task, reward yourself with something special! You can also make cleaning your desk more enjoyable by teaming up with colleagues. Set up a fun plan, time the event, and give away treats and badges to the best team.
- Sharing your clutter-free ideas on social media is also a great idea. Use hashtags #NationalCleanOffYourDeskDay and #CleanOffYourDeskDay to spread the word!
Moreover, there are some interesting facts that you should know about this day. Did you know that the toilet seat is 400 times cleaner than the work desk?
It is also wise to learn how keeping a clean desk impacts worker well-being and increases overall productivity at your enterprise.
So, if you want to observe National Clean Off Your Desk Day, start by cleaning your desk and helping others do the same. Additionally, share your clutter-free ideas on social media, and don’t forget to reward yourself for the hard work!