In the office you are often rushed and pressed for time. You’re working on projects, handling interruptions, helping others and looking for things throughout your day. You’re aware that things are beginning to pile up in your office and the clutter is effecting your productivity, but you don’t have large amounts of time to get organized.
If this describes you, then you need to break your office organizing project into smaller projects that are manageable. The next time you’re on the phone and the person you’re talking with asks you to hold, get out a piece of paper and write down any organizing projects that can get accomplished in a small amount of time.
Some questions to help you get started:
• How many dirty coffee mugs and cups are sitting on your desk?
• Do you have any decorations that have gathered dust and are looking forlorn?
• Are there items sitting around you need to take home?
• What magnets are on your file cabinet that you no longer need?
• Are there piles of unread reading materials strewn about that you’ll never get to?
• Does your computer screen have Post-its with outdated details plastered all over it?
• Is your bulletin board cluttered with layers of papers you have long forgotten about?
Once your call ends, take a few moments and organize one of the areas you listed. Once your finished, keep the list handy so you can tackle another project while you’re on hold again in the future.
Overtime, these small organizing efforts will leave you with an office the looks less cluttered and is easier to manage.