Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day!

nat clean your desk day

Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day, Remote Justice readers! Yes, you read that right. Apparently there is an entire day in January dedicated to clearing up your workspace to make room for a productive new year.

Keeping a dedicated space for your work is imperative for productivity– and so is keeping that space clean! So, in spirit of this holiday, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite tips to help you get organized!

  1. Use a three-tray system for organizing your papers— Important, To File, and To Read. This minimizes the space that your papers take up on your desk but also leave them accessible to you throughout your work day.
  2. Make your own desk tray to organize your supplies! You can purchase these from office supply stores, but if you don’t want to spend the extra money and want to add a personalized touch to your space, check out this great list of different DIY trays!
  3. Hide the cords cluttering up your space. Your line of vision will be clearer and will help you get into more of a work headspace. Click here to find out how one woman tamed her office cords.
  4. Lacking space but need storage? Check out this ingenious way to create floating bookshelves that will fit in narrow spaces!

Do you have any other tips on how to keep a clean remote work space? Let us know in the comments!

3 Tips to Create a Productive Remote Workspace

3 Tips to Create a Productive Home Workspace

While we do have an office here at Provide, most of our work takes place outside of it– in coffee shops in Kentucky, on the road in Alabama, from a home office in rural upstate New York. Many of our posts detail strategies for successful and efficient remote work in any location, but today, we are going to focus on the quintessential home office.

Remote workers spend the majority of their on-the-job hours in their home offices, so it is important to create this space to be both functional and visually appealing. But why is the visual nature of an office so important? Doesn’t it just need to be a space where  you can get your work done? It may surprise you, but these two things go hand-in-hand. In today’s post, we’ll be covering three important aspects of the remote workspace.

1. Layout
Unless you are strapped for space, it might be beneficial to step away from the traditional cubicle-style workspace. More expansive designs can feel less restrictive to many workers, enabling them to have a more productive space to come up with new ideas.

Home Office Layout

A great example of a non-cubicle remote workspace from Glodnuts Ventures.

2. Decorations 
In the first study on the effects of décor on  productivity, researchers found that factory workers were more productive in brightly-colored workspaces rather than dark, colorless ones. When you are surrounded by things that make you happy and inspired, of course you will find yourself working more efficiently and enthusiastically. The workspace should be a place that you feel comfortable and enjoy being in!

Sarah Cannady, our North Carolina State Coordinator, framed images and words that inspire her for her home office.

Sarah Cannady, our North Carolina State Coordinator, framed images and words that inspire her for her home office.

3. Ergonomics
Spending long hours in an office has the potential to put a strain on your physical health if you do not take ergonomics into consideration. The Mayo Clinic has some great advice on how to set up your workspace for optimum comfort and physical wellness.

Your workspace has an impact on your physical wellness, too! For a closer look at this diagram, check out Nismat.

Your workspace has an impact on your physical wellness, too! For a closer look at this diagram, check out Nismat.

We hope that these tips help you create your ideal home office space! Remember that there is not a universally “perfect” workspace. Each worker is different and will thus be more productive in different kinds of spaces!

Designing an Inspiring Home Office

A close-up of a desk with a computer, corded phone, and office supplies. Behind the desk is a sign that reads, "Be creative".

Once the home office is organized, remote workers can really let their creativity out! “5 Tips to Improve Your Home Office Setup” by 1stwebdesigner offers helpful ideas and beautiful photos of workspaces for inspiration! Being able to truly concentrate within the workspace you’ve created for yourself is the first step to increasing work productivity and promoting a healthy work/life balance.