No matter what your Orland Park home office is used for, things are harder to get done if the area is messy and cluttered. Office organization can be hard to do when other things also demand your time. Getting organized is akin to reclaiming your office space, and to help you do this, here are some of the top organizational strategies recommended by experts. It’s possible to have an organizational system that helps you be more productive in just a few hours throughout your workweek.
Set Up a System
First of all, you have to find a place to put everything before you start clearing off your desk– or your desktop computer for that matter. That is why creating an organizational system is an important first step. If you are working 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. On a computer, you can organize files and documents by date, alphabetically, chronologically, or other similar methods.
Invest in Storage
Even those who work online still need to keep a few important documents and papers in the office. Consider investing in some quality storage for your home office. A filing cabinet and some shelving are must-haves for any office. Take advantage of your home office’s vertical space so you have more storage options. Vertical shelves give you ample storage space without crowding your desk area
Do you feel buried under the paper? Why not try scanning them into digital files instead? There are software programs that allow easy conversion of printed documents, invoices, bills, and so on into digital files. A good quality scanner or all-in-one machine (printer, scanner, fax) will be a very helpful investment. You will also need a shredder to destroy any documents you don’t plan 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. Make it a rule to keep your desk free from anything not related to your current project, including office equipment. If possible, also try to create a neatly organized area next to your desk, and move anything you don’t need easy access to into a different room or store inside a cabinet or boxes. It will be easier to focus on your work if your office is organized.
Re-think Your To-Do List
Another concern for home offices is keeping track of schedules and deadlines. Pick a system to keep track of all the things you need to remember and do. This system could be as simple as a desktop planner, or an app on your computer or smartphone. The most important thing is to pick a format for your daily to-do list that will work for you.
Make Time for Organization
Once your home office has been organized, the next challenge is to keep it that way from day today. An effective way to do this is to schedule time for it every week. Jot it down on your calendar like you would any other appointment or meeting. And then use that time to shred old papers, go through your inbox, or put away clutter. This is an easy way to maintain your home office to keep it ready for a productive work week.
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