I have always believed that a messy desk is the sign of a brilliant mind, well at least that is what I continually tell myself to rationalize the chaos that is my work space.
I am on day two of having my business partner in the hospital. (All is well, she came thru surgery like a trooper! I will let her tell you that story once she is feeling better) Only day two and I feel completely overwhelmed. Sigh.
So as I was sitting agonizing over what to blog about today I remembered that I promised Kik that we would have a super organized work space by the time she returns...umm...well, let’s just go with somewhat organized with a plan to keep improving.
And like divine blog inspiration, as soon as I logged into Twitter this morning I see a great tweet fromLeslie Josel from Order out of Chaos. Her Post lead me to read a terrific article in Forbes, The Dangers of a Messy Desk by Jenna Goudreau.
Stated in the article, “According to a new survey of over 1000 workers by staffing firm Adecco, a majority of Americans (57%) admit they judge coworkers by how clean or dirty they keep their workspaces.”
Good Lord, I am in trouble and better get to cleaning NOW!
So here is my 6 step plan to Desk Organization:
1) Schedule It:
Set a time everyday to clear your workspace. I use my HATCHEDit
Calendar to make sure I stay on track. Even if it is just 15 minutes, that can make a world of difference.
2) Manage Your Time:
It is essential to not get sidetracked. I am the queen of the wandering focus so I actually use a kitchen timer to ensure I only spend the allotted time on the scheduled task.
3) Clear Space Beginning: I like to start by clearing off EVERYTHING from my desk. It feels like a breath of fresh air and as I go through the process I can look over at the beauty of my deskand know what I am working toward.
4) Everything Has Its Place:
Do not fall victim to the “misc.” pile! I LOVE to make piles, obvious from the photo I know, but what I really need to do is FILE not pile. Make sure you allocate a place for everything. This will prevent future growing “piles” (or at least make them smaller!)
5) Clean Virtual In-Box: Ugh, this is the worst. I feel like everyday I am bombarded by emails, both amazing and annoying. I am by no means perfect at this process but thing I have done that has made email life far easier is having two emails. I have allocated one for all my personal things and one for all my business. This distinction was always so clear when I was still in Corporate America, but, now that I am working from home I had to draw that line a little clearer so I don’t forget!
6) Wrap It Up Organized: Just remember that if you take 5 minutes to clear your space at the end of the day tomorrow will start much smoother!
Best of Luck...I know I am going to need it!!!!