March 11, 2013

Organize Your Home Office Day

Tuesday is Organize Your Home Office Day.

“Office” can mean anything from a business that you operate from home to an area you use for paying bills. Whatever you consider your office needs to be functional and accessible. You’ll be more productive when you can find what you need and put things away quickly.

Start by reducing the number of supplies you keep in your office. Do you really need the number of pens, pencils, paper clips, note pads or folders you have now? Set up a supply area in a box or on a shelf to keep the surplus out of your main work area.

Technology can help you save time and allow you to access your work from almost anywhere. Resist the urge to download every app that looks interesting, though. Like office supplies, they can become clutter when they multiply out of control. Give new apps a chance before you give up and grab the next new thing. If something isn’t working for you, delete it.

While technology can help you let go of clutter, avoid printing emails and other documents that you can save digitally. You can download recipes, articles and instruction manuals and print them only when you need to. Otherwise, you are left with piles of paper to file.

Remember that there are only three things you can do with a piece of paper:

*Trash/Recyle it
*Act on it
*File it

The same choices exist with digital documents. In both cases, aim to maximize the first two choices and minimize the third.

If you’re going to be in Sandy Spring, MD on March 20, join me at Brooke Grove Retirement Village and learn how to end paperwork overload.

What is one thing you could do to make your home office more efficient? Click on Post a Comment, below, and tell us.

Organized by Marcie TM: Save time and money by letting go of what you don't need and finding room for what you value
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