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PUBLISHED Jan 16, 2023

by Rachel Smith

4 min read time

Power Through Blue Monday with These Top Tips for Organising Your Workspace

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The third Monday in January is often referred to as "Blue Monday". The gloomy title stems from a combination of post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights and some finding it difficult to keep their New Year’s resolutions.

Whether you’re feeling the Monday blues or just looking for a motivational way to kickstart your week, we’ve got one task that will help bring some positive vibes your way this Blue Monday – Organising Your Workspace.

A neat workspace can improve your sense of motivation, inspires you to work harder, allows you to accomplish more, and makes your desk look nicer. Most importantly, you will have more time each day if you keep things organised since you will not have to spend time looking for items.

While the outcome is well worth the effort, it takes a bit of time and effort to maintain a tidy and organised workstation. Especially if you want to keep it that way. So, we have put together some pointers to help get you started.


8 Top Tips for Organising Your Workspace:


1. The Big Cleanout

Reorganising a workspace starts with a thorough decluttering and purging process. Take everything off your desk, clean it from top to bottom, and most importantly, only replace the items you use every day.

It can be tough deciding what you might need in the future, but if you want to maintain an organised workplace, you cannot save items "just in case." Be decisive and let go of something that is no longer useful.


2. Organise Your Workspace

If you have a lot of small items, this is where your desk drawer will come in handy. Get some office drawer organisers with various slots for post-it notes, business cards, paperclips, batteries, flash drives, and other items to keep in your drawers.

For the desk space itself, use simple desk organisers with as many sections as you can find. Office Accessories like Codex’s Desk Tidies for your stationery supplies, a monitor stand to extend the space, and desk trays will help store everything that's left after the purge in one place and within easy reach.


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3. Arrange Your Computer Desktop

Now that you have a reorganised workspace to be proud of, the next task is your computer desktop. Many of us are guilty of an unorganised array of folders, files, and images on our desktops which can be distracting at times. Try to set some time each day to carefully organise files into folders. Your desktop should be cleared of needless files, and your bookmarks and recycle bin should be cleaned up regularly.


4. Personalise Your Workspace

It might be difficult to find a work-life balance when seated at your desk. Family photos, souvenirs, a favourite figurine, a plant, or even a humorous coffee cup may invigorate your room, make you feel more at home, and inspire you.

Do not, however, overdo it. A few personal items should be enough to keep on the desk without distracting you.


5. Comfort Comes First

The word "comfort" at work means different things to different people. Generally speaking, you should:

  • Have a comfortable chair at computer height so that you are placed conveniently.
  • Wherever possible, use natural lighting to enhance your vision and significantly boost productivity.
  • Generate your favourite aromas with essential oils in a diffuser to boost your mood.
  • If you want to listen to music while working, make a playlist of your favourite songs. This will undoubtedly give you energy, inspire you, and motivate you.


6. Keep Your To-Do List, Calendar or Planner Nearby

Have in mind that not everything can be done digitally, so keep your to-do list handy for any outstanding tasks. Additionally, carry a weekly planner, calendar, and notebook to jot down reminders, emails that must be sent, or any other useful material.


7. Use The Space Around You

Do you ever feel like your desk space is getting low? If so, an under-desk basket would be a great option for you. It will provide you with the chance to use important space and give all of your digital tools a home.

Do you have a free windowsill nearby? Use that for some extra space in your office for smaller office items. Similarly, if you have a blank wall, pin your weekly planner there or put up a shelf for some extra storage space.


8. The End of The Day Wipe Down

At the end of each working day, take 5 minutes to tidy up your workspace. Set a 21-day challenge for yourself and clear your desk every day, either from the disorganised pile of documents or the dirty coffee cups. You will be surprised by the outcome and starting your morning off at a clean desk would be pleasant.


Use one tip or try them all; the choice is yours. One thing evident, however, keeping your workspace organised can increase your productivity and efficiency throughout the day.

Ready to get organised? Codex has a range of desktop essentials designed to reduce distractions at work and help keep your workspace tidy, organised, and extra productive. Reach out to us today at if you require any product recommendations or pricing!



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