Feeling cluttered and unorganised in your work area? Get some great tips on how you can master your workspace!
Lissanne Oliver, an author, TV presenter and organisation expert from the series Sorted! has the answers to help you 'Master Your Workspace'.
- Clutter is often simply rubbish or recyclable waste, however many people struggle when deciding which items to file and which to ditch. Bear in mind we only access around 4% of the paper we keep – so be ruthless! Invest in a shredder that will shred 100 pages or more – this is the most efficient way to dispose of confidential files.
- Have a place for everything. Drawers – either built into your desk, freestanding or desktop – will eliminate all those bits and pieces that clutter horizontal spaces. Don't put it down, put it away!
- Wall mounted shelves are a huge help if you’ve got a small space to work with and allow you to have easy access to everything in your immediate workspace. Wasting time looking for items eats into your productive working hours.
- Be sure to archive documents you’re merely holding onto for tax purposes. A sturdy double walled cardboard box with a hinged lid will do the job, or alternatively try investing in plastic tubs from Officeworks – they stack perfectly.
- Always label. Don't rely on memory or waste time investigating the contents of a box or file. The larger the label the better.
- Process financial paperwork by drawing a clear diagonal line across the page once paid. Include the date and method of payment. You'll clearly see it has been paid and never have to waste time guessing or revisiting.
- Manage your clutter into one accessible place using Evernote on your mobile, tablet or computer – a brilliant place to store key information. Capture photos of your handwritten notes (Evernote will read your handwriting!), web clippings, scanned documents or pretty much anything else you can think of.
- Struggling to remain inspired? Surround yourself with photos, pictures, inspirational quotes, or even a large DIY photo print canvas. Also, display your achievements and feel inspired to keep achieving – certificates, diplomas and degrees deserve to be on show.
- Tangled cords or faulty tech equipment in the home office, are a sure way to hinder productivity. Reassess the current tech in your home office to ensure they’re working to their full capabilities. If your outdated printer is slowing you down, consider upgrading to one with Wi-Fi to maximise your time and space.
- Finally, maintenance is essential. Make it routine to clear your desk regularly, ideally at the end of each day. Write a to-do list for the following day, tackle some filing or revisit older files for revision (archive, shred or recycle). Make time to get organised today for a more productive tomorrow
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