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Organize Your Office For The New Year
Simple, economical steps to organize your home office for the New Year
Now that the New Year is here, it’s always a good idea to try and organize your home office to become more efficient. Many times, too much clutter and a lack of organization can lead to productivity issues. What you want to do is to optimize your home office in a way that will help you get more done a lot faster. Here are some great ideas that may help!
Remove all that clutter
It’s important to analyze all the items on your home office and see what you need and what’s there just for the sake of it. We are talking about everything, starting with supplies, equipment or the furniture itself. You may need a larger piece of furniture, better equipment and so on. Remove all the clutter and make sure that you either sell the extras or distribute them anywhere you may want.
Labels can make it easier for you to find the stuff you need. If you have lots of files, equipment pieces, supplies or electronics, it’s always a good idea to use labels and find those items a lot easier. Yes, it does take a while to label everything, but the results are definitely well worth the effort, so try to keep that into account.
Put your equipment and supplies in close proximity
Since you are working at home, you want to spend more time on your work and less on browsing through the entire room. That’s why the best thing you can do is to keep your equipment such as printers and any suppliers in close proximity. It saves time, and it’s certainly more convenient.
Revise the way you file your documents
You may also want to revisit the way you file documents too. Organizing them alphabetically or based on their date will make it easier to browse and find the file you want. If possible, try to keep a version of that document in the cloud too. It can be a life-saver most of the time.
Remove most stuff from your desk
A good way to be productive is to remove stuff from your desk. A clean desk will always make it easy for you to focus only on the essential tasks and items. If anything, your desk should be clean, and you should add only the items/tools you need for that day. Once you’re done with them, then you just put them away, and that’s it.
Sort the document piles
Even if you’re not using document piles anymore, you still have to go through the old one. As we mentioned earlier, try to organize them based on date or any other criteria that actually works for you.
Use storage boxes for the non-essential stuff
Put the non-essential documents or stuff in storage boxes. In order to remove clutter from your desk and office, you want to move these boxes to your garage. Again, organize those items and put labels on them so you can easily find the stuff you are looking for.
If you want to de-clutter your office and improve your productivity, these tips will surely come in handy. Remember to clean up your office at least on a weekly basis. This way you won’t let any clutter to appear, and the results can be a whole lot better!
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