Is there anything worse than NOT being able to find that piece of paper you need? What about that file that you KNOW you saw on your desk yesterday? Where is it NOW???!!! It doesn’t matter if it’s a home office or an actual office (or cubical), things can get hectic and placed ANYWHERE. I know what its like to have days where I’m super busy and I put something down on my desk and in THOSE moments, I know where it is. Then at some point I put something else down on the table and something else and something..well you get the point. Then there’s filing or lack thereof. So before you can organize, you need to look at your office space and ask the following questions:
- Is the furniture and equipment set up in the most efficient way?
- Do you have organizing materials? Do you have the right ones? Enough of them? (i.e. file baskets, file holders, file cabinets)
- Are there storage issues? If so, what are they?
- How are your files and filing systems? Can you find your files easily?
Start with those questions. Clarify whats going on in your office space. Identify the problems/issues. Also find the things that are working in your office! Maybe you have great shelving and they are the one area that is being used properly. All your books fit perfectly on the shelves and its in a spot that’s convenient. You want to narrow down what is wrong in the space. Then you build from there. The answers will be borne out of whats not working in your space.