Another top 10 list (because you asked so nicely).
1. Keep your stationery drawer filled with things that you use regularly and that work. Ditch the dry pens, the used staples, the bent tacks and the dried up glue stick.
2. Organise and label wires: a) So you don’t unplug the wrong device when backing up (see 7) and b) if you move around the equipment in your office or take electronics off your desk you know what wires go with what item.
3. When arranging your desk, put the phone in the opposite corner to your dominate hand. For righties on the left for lefties on the right. Why? So you can grab a pen and write notes!
4. Date your work as you go because, no you won’t remember when you did “that” part.
Kidsbooks, Vancouver, British Columbia – 2011
5. Put stuff back as you go. Keep organised so you keep your work under control. Much easier and less painful than an emergency panic driven sort out.
6. Projects you have completed, old tax documents etc – store elsewhere (labelled and dated of course). You don’t need this stuff looming at you everyday.
7. Back up! Back up! Back up! – Do this regularly i.e. daily! No explanation needed I hope.
8. Your desk is not a giant in-box. Straighten your desk at the end of each work day. Not necessarily a clear desk, but a state of organisation that you won’t be inclined to avoid. Clutter is an indicator of indecisiveness not lack of time.
9. Take all your personal mementos and “executive” desk toys off your working desk. On the wall or a free shelf is OK. You can keep them in the room but you need the space to work and not distractions.
10. Eliminate homelessness from your office. If there isn’t a place for something, do you really need it? Honestly assess how big (and how useful) your “just in case” collection is. You can keep it, but you don’t need to give it room in your office.
Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, Canada 2011
Bonus – Make peace with yourself. You are most likely your harshest critic. Keep in mind who you are trying to “impress” and give yourself a break.
I hope this help and if you have any ideas to organise your office for free, let me know. I’d love to add to my list 🙂
4. Lots of how tos – if you want to know my opinion, please ask, see point 1.
5. Endless lists of books, other websites, Youtube clips, other twits/tweets etc. (but I’m sure they will sneak in)