I am getting to a point where the tasks I need to do are well organised, and my living space is also pretty organised. However, my workspace tends to get disorganised quite quickly. How can I rectify this?
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Your question is a broad one, but there are some general principles that you can apply, not matter the specifics of your personal situation.
Understand the Purpose of Organisation
First, it might be worth considering what motivates you to get organised? Some people get organised because they've been told it is a "good thing", because they want a sense of control or because they're into the aesthetics of being organised. However, in productivity terms, the goal of organisation is to remove the barriers that prevent you from getting your work done. There are two implications of this:
Prepare Your Work Space
Review Organisation Regularly
Most work divides into small steps. At the end of each step, take time to get organised. This includes tidying up and putting away anything that you've used in the previous step, and getting everything ready for the next step. The goal should be to make the next step run as smoothly as possible. In any job, preparation and clearing up are as much part of the job as anything else you do.
For example, if you use the pomodoro technique, check your organisation at the end of each pomodoro.
Monitor Your Work Space
Do One Thing at a Time
The more tasks you do at a time, the more materials, tools, work in progress, paperwork etc. you'll need to keep track of. Limiting yourself to a single task / project will reduce the amount of stuff you need to keep organised.
If you have to do more than one project at a time, take time to organise whenever you task-switch.
A few more practical tips. The key is to have trusted placeholders for your stuff along each stage of the workflow.