What is the cost to you for disorder and clutter? There is a cost to you when you do not take time to set up systems to organize your office. Think for a minute about all those times you might have put that paper in a pile instead of a file and later spent too much time trying to find it.
Your personal and professional cost of having disorder and clutter in your space is:
- Lost productivity dollars
- Projects not started
- Projects not finished
- Stacks of paper that seem to multiply
- Lack of confidence
- Loss of motivation
- Fatigue, anger, and fear
Those are just a few of the personal and professional costs that disorder and clutter create for you. What starts out as piling papers can quickly turn into a bigger problem affecting your success.
It takes just minutes a day to stay organized. “What is in it for me” you might ask. Well, you will be less stressed, have more time, be more efficient, have more confidence, be free of guilt and frustration, save money, and you will be in control. Not bad for a few minutes work each day.
So here they are, the top eight organizing tips:
- Start your day with a clear desk. It increases your productivity.
- A clear desk means it only has on it what you really need; telephone, computer, and your calendar. Everything else goes inside your desk or nearby.
- Your plan for the day ~ that you wrote the evening before.
- The evening before write your Six most important things to accomplish and prioritize the list.
- Start your day working on your #1 priority for one hour of uninterrupted time, before handling email, voice mail, etc.
- Work on your #1 priority until it is accomplished, them move to your #2 priority.
- Group things that are alike together to prevent duplication and expense.
- At the end of the day clear your desk so it is ready for tomorrow.
Remember “If it is hard to use ~ you won't”. Making your office visually pleasing is not a waste of time. It is essential for your well being and success. Try these tips and let me know how they work for you.