Yesterday I decided that I needed to completely re-evaluate my office and home workspace. My goal is to minimize clutter, get rid of the items I don’t need and make sure that I have easy access to the things I do need.
The most basic getting things done office workspace
In David Allen’s book, Getting Things Done, he describes that the most basic workspace has a writing surface and place for an inbox. This surface can be expanded to also contain a computer and anything else you need to be productive.
I came up with a list of items I need to be at my maximum efficiency while I work. These items are:
- Writing surface
- 3-tier inbox: in, reading and filing
- Pen and Pencil holder
- Mini note paper
- Pens and Pencils
- Paper Clips
- Binder clips
- Stapler and staples
- Paper punch
- Sticky Tape
- Rubber Bands
- File Folders
My office workspace before I GTD’d it
My workspace was seriously jumbled, as you can see by the before photograph below:
My office workspace after I GTD’d it
Here is an after photograph:
Spot the difference! The printer is still on the desk, but it is hidden behind the laptop. I moved the laptop to the left hand side and put the second screen in the center back. I cleaned out the inbox, and repacked the stationery drawer. I actually didn’t remove too much stuff, I simply reorganized the stuff that was there. What I love is that I now have the whole right hand side as a writing surface.
I have easy access to my writing surface, inbox, pen holder and computer. In the top drawer I have mini note paper, post-it’s, headphones, paper punch, stapler and staples. I also ordered paper clips, binder clips, a sharpener and sticky tape from Takealot, it is due to arrive on Thursday next week. Under the desk is a dustbin.
I need to bring rubber bands and file folders from home.
Next, I must set up an identical system at home and put together my “office in transit”.