It’s time to venture back into the office.
Now that school is on a roll and (hopefully) you are working a schedule with the kids, now is a good time to up your game and get your (office) command center in order. Just take a moment and stand in the doorway of your home office. Stop and really look at it. Identify where you could make improvements. . . Now let’s get started.
Day 1. Sort through your computer CDs. How many of them are for programs that you currently use? I am sure you will find some that are obsolete. Get rid of them. With fewer you may be able to find better more organized storage for what you are keeping.
Day 2. Declutter the top of your file cabinet. It’s sometimes a dead zone where things with no home end up. If this is you, it’s time to change that habit. Locate a “to file” bin or basket on top of the cabinet and drop (only) paperwork that needs filing. Then once a month you can file what’s there.
Day 3. Do a quick clear-off of your shelves. Grab a box. Stand in front of any shelves in the office. What’s old and can go? Just grab it and box it up. Clear away what’s not needed so you can reach what needs to be there.
Day 4. Any paper piles? It’s time to tackle one. There’s no easy way to do it. Sit down, turn on some music and work at it. You’ll find that some things you need to keep (put those in the to file box) and other things you’ll need to take action on. Put the action items into a separate pile “to-do”.
Day 5. It’s time to tackle that “to-do” pile. Don’t leave it. Act on it! Schedule tasks on your calendar. Get those things moving along in your life.
Whoo-whoo! Great week! Go back and stand in the doorway. What you do see? A more organized, functional space.
If you missed week 37 of Get Organized in 2012 check it out here.