Oh boy, being organized is so important, but it's so taxing sometimes. However, if you make your work space work for you, then it all kind of works out! Here are 10 tips to get your work station working:
1. Stay organized by staying minimal.
Limit yourself to what you have on your desk. Make sure you don't clutter the space with items you think you need. You can always store items (extra supplies, larger organizational tools, etc) nearby.
2. Keep the clutter clear (everywhere).
Mind the clutter not only on your desk, but in your drawers and computer as well. Wherever you find yourself working, make sure the system isn't PACKED and CRAZY. Keep both desktops (literally and electronically) sparse and specific. This way you won't be as flustered or distracted.
3. Prioritize items and tasks.
Work is important. Homework is important. There are a lot of important things that you tackle on a day to day basis. Make sure you understand how/when you need to tackle these tasks at hand, so that things don't become overwhelming. Organizing your workspace to help in prioritizing will facilitate in working your day to day. If you have an organizer that can provide you with a literal look at the items you need to tackle, in the order in which they need to be tackled, awesome!
4. Designate clean out days.
At the end of the week, make sure your space is clean and refreshed for the next week. At the end of the month, clean out your inbox, shredder, recycle bin, etc. Get rid of the excess to start the next month anew. Keep yourself to a schedule to keep tidy and organized.
5. Establish zones for particular tasks or work.
Depending on what you do for a living, there are certain tasks that need your attention or skill in a specific way. Make sure that you designate zones in your home/office/apartment where you can tackle different tasks so that you can get away from your desk from time and time again. This way, your desk doesn't get too cluttered, and you have the opportunity to move around a bit.
6. Don't get crazy with the organization.
I know that sounds kind of silly, especially with the previous points, but seriously, there can be a point of no return when it comes to organization. You can get so into the organization of your desk, that you don't do the work at the desk any more in an attempt to keep it organized. Keep life manageable.
7. Files and filing are your friends.
Seriously, come up with a filing system, label some files, and organize that giant stack of papers and receipts. This will make it less stressful to find things that you need.
8. Make your work area "you."
Figure out how to personalize your space, but keep it professional--even if it's in your dorm/apartment/home. The key to a great workspace is the idea that you can work comfortably and attentively in that space. Whether you personalize the area with photos, quotes, or quirky office supplies, find a way to make the space "you" but not a distraction.