While we don’t have an easy solution for the influx of business emails you’re buried in, but we do have some day-to-day organizational tips that can help you manage your workflow and stay sane, even when times get busy.
1. Write Things Down
We love Google calendars as much as the next guy, but when your team uses calendar invites for EVERYTHING (doctor’s appointments, lunches, work from home), reminders can get redundant. Make sure to write down the important tasks and meetings so you see them, either on a colorful note or planner. This way the big tasks won’t get buried in a sea of events and invites.
2. Go to the Drawing Board
Having a visual display will help you plan your day. If you start each day by writing or using post-it’s to organize tasks on a whiteboard or wall in your office, you can strategize what needs prioritized, what will take up the bulk of your time, and what can be pushed until later in the week. Plus, it’s super satisfying to manually cross things off your list.
3. Give Things a Place
Jars are great storage for pens and paintbrushes, old cereal boxes can be transformed into desktop trays, and simple plain manilla folders can keep your documents labeled and separated. Make a conscious effort to give each item a home, that way you’ll be less likely to lose an important receipt or contract.
4. Tie Up Loose Ends
Tripping or rolling your chair over power cords all day can be frustrating. Easy DIY’s create affordable solutions, such as hiding your powerstrip under your desk with a mounted basket or using a Cord Taco for other electronic devices. These simple hacks will keep your desk and mind clear.
5. Create a Visual Display
To stay inspired throughout the day, it’s important to keep photos, motivational quotes, or art in sight. Utilize a grid, clothespins, or a bulletin board to hang your favorite pieces, as well as cards, travel itineraries and other mementos to brighten your day and keep them out of the way.Hopefully these ideas will inspire a more productive desk -- and life. Imagine the time you’ll save not having to hunt down an expense report, or the peace of mind you’ll experience when you give yourself plenty of prep for the big afternoon meeting.