One of our clients recently posted on LinkedIn that her daughter had started university and part of the preparations for her departure involved decluttering and deciding what should be taken & what should be left behind.
This naturally led to a question about work-related memorabilia collected over the years, and whether to keep our old business cards & articles or whether it is better to have a clear-out every so often. This started me thinking…. am I a work hoarder?
Clearly, a relatively neat workspace leads to improved productivity and the ability to locate information quickly is only achieved if filed in an orderly way. When I first started my career, everything was on paper – CVs, application forms, photocopies of passports… all of which would of course be an absolute headache with the introduction of strict GDPR regulations! However, now everything is filed digitally, we don’t have to worry about a mountain of paperwork any longer.
Some employers actually organise a ‘declutter day’ every so often where filing cabinets, desk trays etc. are purged of anything that hasn’t been used for let’s say 3 years. Others suggest noting when documents can be shredded / archived on the document itself and working this way.
With the arrival of the pandemic, work and home spaces have collided for many of us and the need for definition of these spaces to avoid the blurring of work/life balance is more important than ever. As one comment to our client’s Linked In post suggested, perhaps now is a good time to think about an Autumn Clean rather than a Spring Clean?
A clear workspace will help you to work effectively and reduce stress levels, and that has to be positive for our mental health too.
Article by Debbie Welch