How You Can Get Better Organized at Work

Getting organized – and staying organized – is one of the top goals most people hope to achieve every year. Being organized is a state of mind, but it also requires careful habits and some practice. Those who are incredibly organized aren’t any smarter or more capable than others. Rather, they consistently execute solid organizational habits to remain successful.

Though you may not have accomplished your “get organized” goal for the year, that doesn’t have to stop you from exercising the following organizational skills to create a highly effective daily life.

1. Organize Your Desk

A chaotic desk with overflowing paperwork, invoices, and sticky notes makes for an unorganized frame of mind. The first step in getting organized is to bring order to your most important space: your desk. Clear off your desk, set up a coherent filing system, and ensure everything you need has a place in your office space. Items you need daily should be within arm’s reach. Throw out any unnecessary desk accessories taking up valuable space. To maintain order, end each day by putting all files, work, and other items away before heading out the door. Coming into the office and seeing an organized desk in the morning does wonders for productivity.

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2. Create a Labeling System

Speaking of coherent filing system, a great way to keep your work space organized and decluttered is labeling. Labeled files and desk areas help when it comes to cleaning up at the end of the day – you know where each item or document belongs – and continuing to keep a work area organized. Be as specific as possible when labeling folders, items, or documents so items are easy to put away when you’re done working with them.

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3. Make Weekly and Daily ‘To Do’ Lists

The best way to stay on track with any project or goal is to see your progress. Create weekly work goals and daily to-do lists which reflect what you are doing during those weeks. This helps you organize and track what’s needed for the work week and how to accomplish all your tasks during work hours. Lists such as these prevent tasks from being forgotten. There’s also something extremely satisfying about crossing items off once they have been done. Write daily lists at the end of each work day so the next day is ready to tackle in the morning.

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