From a productivity standpoint, I really value open and clean work spaces. Lifehacker has a showcase that specifically showcases user work spaces and that’s a great place to find ideas for your work space. I think that when you give yourself space to work it tends to make you more productive and creative. Before I personally get started in on a new project, the first thing I do is to clear my desk. It goes that a clean and uncluttered work space is indicative of clear mind. Simplicity should always be at the forefront. I’ve found that by simplifying my digital life and my different work processes, I’ve become much more energized to want to take advantage of my time. It’s freeing to know where things go and to follow through with that. That being said, I’d like to talk about some of the positives I’ve found in using the 43 Folders system, which I introduced here a while back.
The first major positive I’ve found with the 43 Folders system is that it’s become that final place I needed in order to store all of the paper that is still in my life. Maybe part of that has to do with using a file box for the first time, but I feel like a file box without a system such as 43 Folders isn’t very useful. The second major positive I’ve found is that the 43 Folders system works really well as a to-do list. You know what’s on the agenda everyday because everything is conveniently located in a single folder that’s automatically updated. Lastly, it’s just a very simple system. There really isn’t anything complicated about it. So long as you follow through with the system on a daily basis, you can’t mess it up. This is the first time I’ve used the 43 Folders system and I definitely plan on keeping it in my workflow. I highly recommend it to anyone looking to simplify their personal productivity system.