By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands
Whether it’s that buildup of paper all over your desk and floor or a backlog of e-mail in Outlook, disorganization is costing you dearly. When you lack organization in the workplace and, in many cases, the home and school, it could lead to missed deadlines, wasted time and money, increased costs and, most importantly, higher stress levels.
Before you start your attack on this beast, always remember that there is no right or wrong way to get organized. Whatever works best for you is the answer. That said, to get you headed in the right direction, we have some tips that will help you start and continue this process.
- Start with the “big picture” in mind. Figure out your priorities, and it will be easier to organize your things.
- Use a planning and organizing system. Eliminate scraps of paper by keeping your calendars, schedules and to-do lists in a single binder or file on your electronic device or computer.
- Invest time to plan each day, and make it a time when you’re least likely to be distracted.
- Make appointments with yourself. Schedule your filing time, for instance, into your planner.
- Batch the little things. It’s most efficient to do routine chores such as reading mail and filing all at once and then get on with your life.
- Keep your primary work area free of clutter so you can concentrate. Move your “in” box away from that area to minimize distractions.
The key is to be sure to keep the “big picture” in mind at all times. After all, organization isn’t a destination—it’s a journey.
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