10 Organizing Tips for a Clutter-free Office
Decide what part of the day is your most productive. Reserve that time for you. Use it for the tasks that require the most detail.
Save the simplest tasks for the end of your day. You're more apt to finish simple tasks than
difficult ones at that point.
Use a stacker file on or near your desk. Use only the ones that allow you to label each
section. This is an easy place to keep
things that need to be dealt with today or those things that are urgent. It keeps your desk from becoming a pile of
piles. Use your "15 minute end-of-day” time to clear out.
To file/scan –
whether you or an assistant does the filing, you need a place for it
To deliver – to
someone else whether in the office or for taking home
Current – only
for things that will be dealt with today
Clear off your desk at the end of each day. It only takes moments and makes your morning
much more peaceful.
Use vertical files in your desk drawer. Ex:
pendoflex. This will keep you
from stacking papers and files
horizontally on top of your desk.
Use desk and drawer organizers. When they fill up, take
the excess back to the supply area.
Use full size paper or notebook for notes. Small pieces of paper can get misplaced or
Keep a "Quick To Do” list in your notebook. As small tasks come to mind, jot them down. Ex:
emails to write, appointment to make, bill to check on.
Set a 15 minute
appointment with yourself twice a day to take care of the
"quick to do” list.
Donate or dispose of old computer programs and outdated
materials. These steal space!
one tool organizer on your desk for a few pens, pencils, stapler, paper