We are often aware of our physical surroundings and the stress that can come from clutter and losing things in our physical work space.
I want you to take a minute and think about what it looks like when you log into your computer.
What do you see?
What do you not see?
What feelings arise from you getting on to your digital work space?
I will talk about your phone in another post, but our computers are a huge part of our digital work space and they can either be the biggest accelerator to our productivity or the biggest drag to it.
When it comes to our ability to maintain focus and accomplish what we need to in our work sessions the look and feel of our digital work space really matters.
There are a few ways to think about your digital space.
One of these is going to be functionality and the other is about focused work.
When we are talking about functionality we need to make sure we have our files, shortcuts, and other buttons on our computer in a fashion that we know where everything is and it can be reached in the shortest amount of time possible without sacrificing a clean feel.
I know it is often convenient to have files readily accessible on your desktop when it comes to functionality but we most likely sacrifice focus when our desktop is a mess every time we log into our computer.
We also are bound to be digitally cluttered in no time and it can be hard to find what you are looking for even on your desktop.
Now that most of our computer files are web based we tend to see this clutter bleed into our Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, or whatever online service we like!
We have got to get control of this digital space before it ruins our productivity.
Because it is so easy to accumulate thousands of computer files this is an issue that will require us to continually address this work space on a regular basis.
It does seem incredibly easy to put off this type of organization because as soon as our screen is off the problem is hidden.
The trouble is we spend far too much time on our computer to act like this isn’t a distraction for us.
Coming back to functionality, we need to make sure our file system or desktop system even when organized and minimizing distractions is actually functional.
We can swing the pendulum too far and just hide or delete everything to never be found again.
This doesn’t help us a lot either.
We need to be able to access our files quick enough to stay productive but keep our system clean and understandable for ourselves.
Another item to note when it comes to our digital work space and productivity is our notifications and other moving parts of our computer.
We need to understand that if we truly desire to be productive we need to make sure our pings, dings, number counts on email, desktop notifications, bubbles, or anything else we have set to run in the background and alert us in some way is turned off during focused work times.
If you have to disconnect from the internet to prevent all that stuff from going off or learn how to disable all your notifications and keep yourself focused on what you really need to be focused on.
You and your future deserve your focused attention!