A cluttered desk can often hinder your ability to be as productive as possible. That's why it's good to occasionally take a moment to assess your current workspace. Is it helping or obstructing your productivity? If you're not sure exactly what it looks like to have a workspace that maximizes productivity, then read on.
First and foremost, get rid of all those papers that you don't need! This can clear up a lot of space that you could be using to work on new materials. Many people find it helpful to sort necessary papers into three categories: inbox, in-progress, and complete. This ensures that you never lose or forget about any important documents.
Another rule of thumb is to keep your regularly used items within arms reach. Pencils, pens, and stationery are all possible items to fall under that category. This can even be a good opportunity to go through that “pen drawer” and get rid of all the ones that don't work.
When you think of the term “organize” it can sound like an overwhelming task. Really though, you don't need to do an entire remodel of your workspace. For some people, this is an entire rearrangement of their desk, while some people just need to shred some old papers. You just need to find out what works for you specifically.