This is a great time to reorganize your desk!
First of all, do you have a desk that supports your current needs? Is it big enough? In the right location? Is your chair the right height and does it give you the right amount of support?
If you need some "Desk Support", try one of these blog posts:
Desk Ideas for Sitting on the Floor or Couch
Arranging Kids' Desks for Distance Learning
Let’s say that your desk is good to go… Now what? Consider how much “stuff” you like to have on your desk. Do you like it clean and completely cleared off? Do you like to have things out where you can see them? There’s no right answer. This is about knowing yourself and what supports your work and helps you to focus.
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Attending a lot of Zoom calls these days? It's the worst when your internet has an unstable connection... you miss what people are saying, images freeze, they can't hear you, and you might even get kicked out of the meeting!
A simple thing that has helped me tremendously has been investing in an ethernet cable. Instead of using wifi, I instead plug my computer directly into the router box using the cable. This has made an incredible positive difference in both my productivity and the quality of my online meetings.
Because I have a mac laptop, I also had to purchase an Apple USB Ethernet Adaptor.
As you are organizing and rearranging your desk supplies, think vertical for storage! There are lots of ways to vertically arrange your papers and supplies.
Marie Kondo, the Japanese Organizer, suggests that Komono Items (miscellaneous) be organized vertically whenever possible. The idea is to be able to see everything, whether you are opening a drawer or a box. Stacking items generally means that they will begin to get lost, you will forget what you own, and you will start purchasing duplicate items, which only adds to the clutter.
The goal is not perfection. The goal is to be able to see what you have easily, find what you need quickly, and return items to their correct spot without a fuss. This means that every item needs a home!
Use dividers in desk drawers to separate different types of items. Small plastic containers, cardboard lids from stationary packages, and even plastic trays that produce comes in may be just what you need for a drawer divider. The boxes that iPhones come in are very sturdy and work nicely as well.
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If you are working from home or your child is distance learning, it is nice to have flexibility in your seating arrangements. It's good to be able to get up and move to a different location or a different chair. Children, especially, benefit from having the choice to sit on the floor or in a comfy chair. If they are actively engaged in learning, then I would encourage you to let them choose where to sit! Here are some desk ideas to get you started!
My name is Laura, and I love all things organizing!
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