Running a business is certainly not a part-time endeavor, and even the most systematic and organized of entrepreneurs with designated work spaces and hours can begin to feel as if his or her office area is spinning out of control. A bit of disorganization might not seem like a big deal at first. After all, you can get to it tomorrow morning, right? Well, that is if you have time after the million other little tasks on your to-do list. If you have recently begun to feel the slow tug of disorganization slowing down your productivity, it may be time to make de-cluttering number one on your priority list. If organization has never really been your strong point, here are some quick tips to get you started.
Sticky notes can come in handy when you need to jot down a few quick notes, but do you really need the novelty cat set that has sat untouched for a year? Find unused or unnecessary items and get them off of your desk and out of your mind.
Label your boxes
Whether you use boxes, folders or any combination thereof, make sure that you know what is actually going on with your paperwork. Poor organization can result in an important outgoing notice getting mixed in with your “inbox” pile and, as the saying goes, time is money.
Get to filing
You do not need everything on your desk. Invest in a good filing cabinet and some hanging file folders, then work out a filing system that works best for you. Do you function better with alphabetization or categorizing things by date? Once you know how you want to proceed, label your folders and make sure you dedicate once or twice a month to filing organization.
Make organization a priority
Pick a daily time and do a quick once-over of your office space. 5-10 minutes a day can make a tremendous difference and ultimately save you a significant amount of wasted time in the future.
You do not have to be a habitually organized person to maintain a productive office space. While it may take a bit of effort to get your office into the state that it needs to be, only minimal follow up is needed to maintain it, and you may be amazed at how quickly your productivity increases.