A lot of people think that they don’t have time to sit and organise their office. But whether it is your office at home or office at work, it needs to be organised. Unfortunately, just moving around papers or putting things in different drawers isn’t organising. You’d be surprised how much time being disorganised wastes. So to work more effectively, you need it to have some structure.
It may even be better to treat organising the space as an ongoing project if you have a lot to tackle. You don’t want to overwhelm yourself with it. Here are a few ways to get your office organised this year. With a new year, you can start afresh with an organised work space.
The first thing to do is to have a general tidy of the area. Are there food packages that need clearing away? Are there papers that can be thrown in the bin or shredded? Think about the trinkets or bits that are on shelves or the desk. Have you used them in the last few months? If they are not important to you, throw them away. If they have some value, they may just be better moved to a different place or room. It might sound dramatic just to get rid of stuff, but that is exactly what it is, only stuff.
Get a Planner or Calendar
Having something like a large wall calendar hung up is a great way to organise. You can schedule holiday times and meetings and schedule other important work items. Having a planner or a calendar like this is especially important if you have a lot of deadlines or you manage a team of people. Something visual to just check is so useful if a team member is asking for time off, for example.
If you are extra keen, you could get a label maker. If not, make your own. Mark up everything with where you want it to go. Label folders and planners, the furniture if you want to! Labels will help you down the line, know where everything belongs. If something is in the wrong place, it will be more obvious to you and can just be changed or removed.
If you don’t already have a filing system that works, you need one. It will depend on how big your office space is and how much you need to file. It could be that you just need a few trays, labelled with headings such as ‘mail’, ‘to sort’ or ‘to do’. If you have a lot more paperwork to deal with, consider getting a large filing cabinet or bookshelf. Using folders or dividers, you can store your work much more efficiently.
One top tip to keep your filing system up to date is to sort it regularly. Setting a certain day or time of the week to deal with it, will mean you are much more likely to stay on top of it all. It doesn’t need to take a lot of time to organise it all, but it will save so much time in the long run.
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