Organize Your Office: Cleaning Up a Small Workspace – Part Three
Do you need to organize your office?
When you organize your office, you may just find that it helps you to organize your life and achieve more.
“Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” A. A. Milne
Ready to organize your office? For those of you who have been following this series, we are in the homestretch.
After organizing paper, sorting, filing and dealing with the critical aspects of our workspace, we are now ready for the fun part – making it energized and functional.
When I teach my online course – Organize Your Life for Home Based Business Owners (Registration for our Jan. 2015 will open soon), we cover everything from which colors of paint optimize your office to specific plants and more.
When you organize our office, your workspace is inspiring and you are much more likely to be productive. With this in mind, here are some great tips for creating your perfect workspace:
1. What Is At the Forefront of Your Mind…
One of the things we focus on in our classes is to make sure our students are looking at something inspiring when they are working. It could be a vision board (a board that has images that represent our goals and dreams), a beautiful piece of art or photographs that call to mind the people and memories that we love.
What is at the forefront of our minds will always inspire (or deter) our actions. When we are constantly looking at something that brings us joy we are much more likely to be productive.
2. Plants Bring Energy to an Area
A low maintenance suggestion is to simply put some bamboo in water. Change out the water every so often and voila – you are good to go. Orchids can make even a dreary workspace palatable. Low light plants such as peace lilies can also add a nice touch.
3. Avoid Too Much Tchaka
The key aspect of a workspace is being able to actually work. Desks that are cluttered with numerous family photos, a favorite coffee mug used to hold pens and more will definitely detract from one’s ability to actually produce.
Make sure the desk offers ample space to at least work on your laptop and have a place to sort paper or work in a notebook.
4. A Place for Everything
Any workspace must have storage for key items such as staplers, pens and a 3-hole punch at the very least. If you are working on a table, purchase a small bin for these items and put it in a closet or under your table. When you shut down for the day make sure you put these items back to avoid a build-up of clutter.
Lastly, you should organize your office because an organized workspace is essential for productivity.
It doesn’t matter if you are a student living in a dorm room with minimal space, someone who has a desk in the corner of their family room or working out of a converted closet. When we are serious about creating results in our lives, having a place to produce those results that is both utilitarian and inspiring is essential. I encourage you to get organized and send us before and after photos at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to see your progress.
Susan is a balanced living expert. She is an author, speaker and self made millionaire. She has appeared on ABC Family, the CBN, written for Dianne Magazine, Oxygen Australia and many more. Susan dedicates time to philanthropy and projects that benefit women and girls all over the world. She is married to her best friend, Chris, and together they have five beautiful children.
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