No matter what your Tucker home office is used for, things are harder to get done if the area is messy and cluttered. But office organization can be challenging especially when your other tasks also demand so much of your time. Get (and stay) organized– reclaim your office space –with these top organizational strategies recommended by experts. You can easily craft an organizational system that can help increase your productivity in just a few hours throughout the workweek.
Set Up a System
Before you start clearing your desk (or even your desktop computer), find a place where you can put everything. That is why creating an organizational system is an important first step. If you often work with a lot of paper, that system should include things like an inbox, a file rack for open projects, file storage for completed work, a recycling bin, and so on. You can also come up with a way to organize files and documents on your computer, whether by date, alphabetically, chronologically, etc.
Invest in Storage
It is inevitable that you will still be keeping some important documents and papers in your office even if your work is mostly online. Because of this, it is a good idea to invest in quality storage for your home office. A filing cabinet and some shelving are must-haves for any office. For additional storage, you can take advantage of the vertical space in your office. Tall shelves give you more storage without crowding your desk area.
If you want to minimize paper in your office, you can scan things into digital files instead. A lot of software programs let you easily convert printed documents, invoices, bills, and others into digital files. A good quality scanner or all-in-one machine (printer, scanner, fax) will also be a good investment as well as a shredder to destroy documents you no longer need to keep.
Clear Away Clutter
One of the fastest ways to feel more organized in a hurry is to clear the clutter off your desk or other areas of your office. Do not put items unrelated to your current project on your desk, including office equipment. As much as possible, try to create a neat and organized area on your desk, and move anything you don’t need easy access to into a different room or store inside a cabinet or boxes. The more organized your office is, the easier it will be to focus on your work.
Re-think Your To-Do List
Another challenge for home offices is keeping track of schedules and deadlines. If you don’t already have one, choose a system to help you keep track of everything you need to remember and do. It could be a system as simple as a desktop planner or you can use technology via apps on your computer or smartphone. What is important is that this format for your daily-to-do list works for you regardless of what anyone else is doing.
Make Time for Organization
After having organized your home office, the next challenging part is to keep it that way. An effective way to automate your organization is to schedule time for it every week. Treat it like any other meeting and plot it on your calendar. And then use that time to shred old papers, go through your inbox, or put away clutter. This way, you can maintain your home office that will always be ready for a productive work week.
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