It can be tempting to drop everything and get out of the office as soon as the workday ends, but that abrupt end doesn’t make it easy to pick up where you left off. Take a few minutes to clear your desk so you’ll start the next day organised.
Brittany Lyte writes at Wise Bread:
Throw out the empty disposable coffee cup and that stack of memos from last week. Studies show that a cluttered workspace actually hinders our ability to process information and concentrate. We aren’t aware of it, but clutter competes for our attention in much the same way as a whining child or a barking dog does.
Backlog naturally piles up on your desk, so tidying it every afternoon before you leave could help you get a productive start to the next day. It could also be a good ritual to get your mind off work and disconnect before you head home.