You may think that you don’t have time to organize your office, but if you really knew how much time that disorganization cost you, you’d reconsider.
Rearranging and moving piles occasionally doesn’t really count. Neither does clearing off your desk, if you sweep the mess into a bin, or a desk drawer.
A relatively neat and orderly office space clears the way for higher productivity and less wasted time.
11. Create a meeting folder. Put all “items to be discussed” in there along with items that need to be handed off, reports that need to be given, etc.
It’ll help you be prepared for meetings and save you stress in the even that a meeting is moved up.
12. Sort mail. Don’t just stick mail in a pile to be sorted or rifle through and take out the pieces you need right now. Sort it as soon as you get it – To act, To read, To file, To delegate or hand off.
13, Magazine boxes. Use magazine boxes or binders to store magazines and catalogs you really want to store. Please make sure you really need them for reference or research, otherwise recycle them or give away.
I also tear the article out of the magazine and put it into my reading folder. This eliminates those piles of magazines.
14. Invest in adequate furniture. Home offices need a clear work area, and that means providing adequate space for computer hardware and peripheral equipment, a spot for reference materials, file space and a location for frequently referenced supplies and paper.
Make sure your office furniture provides ample space for work and storage.
15. Establish activity centers. The efficient office should be zoned into activity areas:
• The Work Center, which includes a clear workspace, the computer and frequently-used office products.
• The Reference Center, which includes binders, manuals, dictionary and professional books and materials.
• The Supply Center, which contains office and paper supplies.
Stay tuned for the next post on Checklist for Organizing Your Home Office or Workspace Before 2015 – Part 4.
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