Organizing expert Julie Subotky shares her tips for a home office that will do wonders for your productivity.
A well organized office is inviting. It beckons you over to sit down and get some work
done, doesn’t it? It almost looks like it will be fun to pull up your chair and get started.
And let’s face it: it’s All About the Desk
. A clean and organized desk means you can tackle anything. And it does wonders for your productivity, so start here:
Keep Your Desk Clutter-Free
- Remember, only the bare minimum stays on the top of your desk.
- In addition to your computer, have an in-box of some sort and something to hold a few pens and pencils.
- All other office supplies go in a drawer and all other papers are either tacked to a bulletin board (but only if it’s something you reference every day) or filed.
Consider implementing the following process:
The very first time anything comes across your desk zone, either toss it, act on it, or file it. Of course, papers tend to accumulate, even if you are good at filing or throwing things away, so don’t let that be your fate. Remember that organization isn’t a onetime event - it’s ongoing. At the end of each day, be sure to put everything you used that day back in place. This will take less than five minutes even if it seems that you have a lot to tidy up. And once a month or so, go through and get rid of things you don’t need anymore. Pretty soon, being neat and organized will become a very low-maintenance habit. Go you.