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Tips For A Workable Workspace

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  • "L" and "U" shaped desks are the most efficient workspaces
  • store your equipment -- phone, computer, etc. -- on one "wing"
  • leave the another wing free to spread out while you work
  • you can have everything you need within arm's reach
  • put your phone on the side of the desk opposite your writing hand
  • that way you can hold the phone and take notes at the same time
  • add a hutch for extra storage for books, supplies, and equipment
  • avoid cluttering your work space with too many personal items


  • pay attention to your body -- aches and pains aren't normal
  • you shouldn't have to bend, squat, or stretch
  • your monitor should be at eye level -- if not, raise your monitor
  • your wrists should be flat when typing or using a mouse
  • if not, use a keyboard tray or wrist rest
  • when sitting, your thighs should be parallel to the floor
  • calves perpendicular to the floor with feet on the ground
  • if not, adjust your chair or bring in a raised footrest


  • try not to hoard supplies at your desk
  • keep only as much as you need right now at your workstation
  • create a separate supply area for storing bulk amounts
  • store extras in labeled containers and group like items together
  • ex: writing utensils, clips, notepads, etc.
  • store flat items (paper, sheet protectors, folders) in stacking trays
  • use drawer dividers to keep small items in order
  • store envelopes and note cards in a small vertical rack
  • set up bracket shelves above your desk for additional storage


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