From Cluttered to Organized
It’s not the work on your calendar or in your inbox that frustrates you; it’s the clutter. Do you dread walking into your office? If so, you are not alone. Virtual office assistants see this all the time. However, it’s easier to go from cluttered to organized than you might think.
What area frustrates you the most? Is it your desk or the entire office? If it’s your desk, planning ahead will be easier. If it’s your entire office, it will take more time to gather your thoughts. What is the most crucial area, and which will provide you the most relief when organized? It might be your desk, your files, your email, or your workload. With this in mind, you can move on to the next step.
I know. I know. Isn’t it easier to just plunge in and get things done? If that’s your style and it works for you, go for it. Trust me, though, with a simple checklist, you will feel more accomplishment as you check each item off. Especially, as you reach the end of your checklist.
Mix Things Up
You might like to tackle the smaller piles first, or you might be the kind that likes a challenge and leaves the easier work for last. It’s entirely up to you. Either way, clearing smaller piles or larger piles, you are moving in the right direction that will ultimately lead to an organized office.
From a Different Perspective
Do you find that the same area is always cluttered? Is the same pile always waiting for you to clear? Change your mindset, and you will find that it is simply not necessary to face the same pile in two months. As you clear your clutter, you can think about prevention.
The old deal with it once rule still works. Deal with it once and you won’t have to deal with it twice. When you’re mail comes in, throw away the junk mail, pay the bill or place it in a folder with bills that will be paid, and care for any forms that must be cared for. Above all, don’t place it in a pile on your desk or it will sit there, taunting you, waiting for you to care for it later.
Keeping it simple is the best way to deal with clutter. The time spent to plan can be minutes, the checklist can be simple, and the time spent on the task at hand can be as little as five minutes. If you stay with it, you will begin to see a clean desk, files that are organized and easy to find, and you will have moved from cluttered to organized. It’s really that simple.