Life is hectic and messy. It’s just the way it is. More often than not, it’s hard to fit things into a neat little box; but it’s not hard to organize your work space for a tidy start to your day. For your New Years Resolution in 2018, let’s work on making our spaces more organized.
Step one: Invest in a paper shredder.
Try taking a look at your stack of papers that have been sitting in an obscure place on your desk for a year or more and decide which ones you really don’t need and shred them. You can purchase a paper shredder for less than $50. Filling your desk with clutter can add stress to your day but getting rid of useless things like a stack of outdated invoices will get you started in the right direction.
Step two: Keep it sleek.
Don’t fill your desk space with knickknacks; they can distract you from your work and your guests from the conversation. Donate your Hawaiian bobblehead and trade it in for a picture or two to hang on your wall. You’ll be amazed at what the additional space on your desk can do for morale and overall tidiness.
Step three: Use the file cabinet.
Remember those tall slender cabinets with tons of folders inside of them? Utilize that space and fill it with your important papers also try labeling the folders so you can get to what you need quickly.
Office organization has a lot to do with how potential partners or customers will view your company culture. Do not let desk and office clutter stand in the way of your company growth.
Step four: Electronic filing.
If you want to leave your filing cabinet with the rest of clutter, you can always opt for using an electronic filing system like Google Drive or Dropbox, just make sure you know how to locate your files when you need them. Dropbox offers a free service up to so much data storage so if you aren’t sure if you want to purchase it, try out the free version for a little while then later you can purchase its full-service storage. It’s also a good idea to go ahead and try both electronic and paper filing just in case your computer crashes.
These tips may seem trivial, but they will help make the most of your office space. Most importantly, make sure to do what feels comfortable for you and your business persona; it’s a good idea to fill your office with a central theme that matches the rest of the space or building.
Contributed by Casey Hunter, Communications Strategist
Casey is a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma with a B.A. in Fine Arts. She loves to write, read and learn.