For reasons we at TVWriter™ can’t seem to pin down (probably because we just haven’t been productive enough), we haven’t been showing many productivity tips lately. So here’s some good advice for just about anybody working at anything who doesn’t want to fall into the trap we have.
Well, maybe we have. Maybe it was something else. Who the hell knows?) Anyway:
by Richard Moy
Some days, you’re so amped up for work that you can’t wait to get to your desk and start attacking the day. But on other days, you’re only motivated to eat a breakfast sandwich and catch up on pretty much anything else.
The good news? It happens to everyone. The better news? You don’t have to view these mornings as a waste of time.
What I found was that in many cases, feeling more productive can be as simple as cleaning up your workspace. To get a very “meh” day off on the right foot, here are a few things you can (and should) toss in the trash right now.
1. All the Trash on Your Desk
How many times have you walked by a teammate’s desk and thought, “Why is there so much trash on that person’s desk? What does their kitchen at home look like?” And how many of those times have you then returned to your own workspace to find that you haven’t thrown out a coffee cup in over a week.
Unless you thrive in messy conditions, take a few minutes at the beginning of your day to clean up. (Bonus points if you wipe down your desk and keyboard after doing this.)
2. Anything You’ll Never Respond To or Do Anything With
At some point or another, you’ll get a flyer in the mail, or a letter from someone who really wants to sell you something, or a business card. If you’re not a decision maker, this can be flattering. After all, someone at another company thinks you’re the right person to reach out to, so why wouldn’t you keep the proof?
However, it doesn’t take long for these materials to take over your desk. And the truth is that unless you and your boss are legitimately considering a purchase, those materials will just sit there until the end of time.
3. All Those Receipts You’ve Collected
After ordering lunch or picking up some office supplies, it’s easy to take a receipt for your purchase without thinking about it. It’s even easier to do it so many times that you quickly find yourself buried under all the evidence that you’ve been buying salads that are way too expensive for what you’ve gotten.
Unless you’re planning on submitting them for reimbursement (which I know is a completely different challenge), there’s no need to hang on to them….