Clean Off Your Desk Day is the second Monday in January
Clean Off Your Desk Day is a day to get organized for the new year. Most people are back at work or school after the holidays by the second Monday in January, so this is the perfect time to clean your desk. It’s a great idea to start each new year with a clean desk so you can get more done each and every day.
A cluttered desk filled with stacks of papers, coffee stained mugs, and leftover takeout containers means a cluttered mind. If your desk is a disaster you are likely to be less productive because you are too busy trying to find things, trying to figure out what is on your to-do list, and worried about how you will make coffee with no clean mugs. So spend Clean Your Desk Day actually cleaning off your desk.
Benefits to Cleaning Your Desk Off
There are several benefits to cleaning your desk.
More Focus - you will be less distracted. Without all of those extra sticky notes and pens rolling around your desk you will be able to focus on the task at hand.
More Room - instead of having to work around the piles you can have enough room to spread out for big projects.
Look More Professional - desks are personal. Your desk, your clothes etc. say a lot about you as a person. The more clean, organized, and put together your desk and you are the more likely you will come across as capable and considerate.
Cleaning and Organizing Hacks
Remove everything from your desk (on top of the surface and in drawers) and sanitize surfaces
Organize small supplies (get rid of broken or dried up supplies and use containers)
Organize paperwork (put all paperwork in folders, with labels or colors)
Utilize organizing containers and drawers to keep the top of your desk clear of clutter
Always have a trash can near by
Schedule a daily declutter before you leave for the day
Instead of putting things into piles and leaving it for another day, make sure you do it right away. You will thank yourself later. And make sure everything you keep in or on your desk has a home so you aren’t keeping unnecessary supplies or things.
Even though it is National Clean Your Desk Day, make a list of other things that you feel need organizing and decluttering so the rest of your life matches your desk.