As I sit down to write this week’s post, I’m looking around and noticing that my office is a hot mess. Really. Papers everywhere, supplies scattered about, piles of work and things to follow up on placed haphazardly about, with my keyboard and mouse peeking out from all the madness. Suffice it to say, it is a bit overwhelming. In fact, there have been several studies that have shown that there is a direct connection between productivity and the amount of chaos and clutter in your workspace. More clutter usually equates to wasted time looking for things, trouble focusing, and ultimately less productivity.
So, I’ve decided to get my act together and share the following six tips for organizing your home office.
1. Have a place for everything.
If you want help keeping your desk clear of clutter, make a point to designate a home for everything. Paperwork can go in binders or file cabinets, supplies can be stored in a drawer or basket, projects you are currently working on can go in file folders or labeled “inboxes,” etc. If you have a place for everything, you will know where to put things away when you are done with them and will be able to find them again easily when you need them.
2. Manage what comes into your office.
For whatever reason, my office becomes the storage place of the house, and things get tossed in there that don’t have anything to do with my work or managing the household. (more…)
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