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How to Organize Your Workspace

Categories of Organizing

Categories of Organizing
  1. Documents. The way you name your files can dramatically improve the organization of both your physical and your digital documents. Be consistent with file naming. 
  2. Group all like office supplies together and considering what role they play in your broader organization system before going out on a shopping run. 
  3. Electronic Documents. Many people use their computer and physical desktops as a de facto to do list. As a result, all the things they need to remember accumulate and create disorder.
  4. Space. Consider arranging space by activity zones.
  5. Time Management. Distinguish between events, which is time sensitive, and ordinary to-do items that are more flexible in time.

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How to Organize Your Workspace

How to Organize Your Workspace

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Categories of Organizing

  1. Documents. The way you name your files can dramatically improve the organization of both your physical and your digital documents. Be consistent with file naming. 
  2. Group all like office supplies together and considering what role they play in your broader organization system before going out on a shopping run. 
  3. Electronic Documents. Many people use their computer and physical desktops as a de facto to do list. As a result, all the things they need to remember accumulate and create disorder.
  4. Space. Consider arranging space by activity zones.
  5. Time Management. Distinguish between events, which is time sensitive, and ordinary to-do items that are more flexible in time.

Measuring Productivity

The best gauge of being well organized, "is just the lack of anxiety that comes from a clean comfortable workspace where you feel like things aren't piling up and overwhelming you."

The Sources of Clutter

Common sources of clutter for entrepreneurs include business cards, printouts from the Web, and literature from conferences and seminars.

A good way to get rid of clutter is to turn each piece of paper that you're keeping around into an action item in your planner. 

The Value of a Personal Assistant

Once entrepreneurs have taken the plunge and added an assistant to their payroll, they often don't use that person to their best advantage. 

Assistants often excel at taking tasks such as writing your blog posts, handling scheduling, and reminding you about following up with clients but they sometimes fall down when it comes to your business' big picture.

Common Mistakes

  • Not making time to assess the mess. If you can, build in 15 minutes at the end of the day to put everything back where it belongs.
  • Confusing the process of throwing away with actually getting organized. Organizing is putting systems in place to find what you need when you need it. Decluttering is about identifying what is obsolete and getting rid of it to make room for what you plan to do next.

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  • De-clutter your space, empty, shred and get rid of literally any frivolous thing that adds no value to your productivity.
  • Organize with colors and labels, to put items in the right places.
  • Use storage boxes & containers to help you stay organized.
  • Segment your work zones to help trigger a better output.
  • Organize your desk accessories: everything from your stationeries, laptop, files, and trays.
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Select the area that you would like to generate the idea in.  Define it clearly and be as specific as possible.

Is it blog post ideas, local business ideas?

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Look for surprisingly successful things. Look for the things that look out-of-place in the area that you've chosen, but are performing above expectations.

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1. Rewrite It

Spend 5 minutes each morning preparing your task list to have only accomplishable tasks that fit the time you have available. Keep other tasks on a holding list for another day.

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Set a timer for 15 minutes, shut out the world and concentrate with intense focus on one and only one task. Closing your door and turning off your phone and internet are specially important.

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Recognize that not everything in your list must be done. When in doubt, delete it from your list; if it is important you’ll eventually add it back.

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  • The best kind of light you can have in your office is natural light. It helps our bodies maintain our internal "clocks" or circadian rhythms which affects our sleep and energy. 
  • Poor lighting, whether it's dim lighting or harsh lighting from overhead fluorescent lights, can cause eye strain, stress, and fatigue.
  • Don't sit with your back to a window unless you can shade it.
  • Don't sit facing a window because that will make reading a monitor difficult. 
  • If you use a task lamp at your desk, position it so the bottom of the lampshade is at about the height of your chin when it's on.
Plants
  • Indoor plants prevent fatigue during attention-demanding work. 
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In the case of information, reading several articles and sources on the same topic can create a lot of clutter. Because it creates internal struggles and questions:

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  • This post said this is important while another post said it wasn’t important. What information is relevant here?
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  • Category: organize information by similarity or relatedness.
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If you want to remember things, don't rely on your memory. Put it in writing or in a digital notebook.

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  • Make sure to back up your computer files.
  • Make duplicates for your car and home keys.
  • Scan your IDs, passports and bank details, and put it all in a secured folder on your computer.

Keep all your financial records, birth certificates, land titles and insurance in one folder, preferably in a safe.

Have a designated place for everything
  • Sort out your clothes, cleaning materials and everything else and keep them in labeled containers or closets at home. 
  • Organize your work space well so that your every move is conserved, knowing exactly where everything is.

Doing this will take time, but it is easier to find what you need.

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Breakfast is a crucial part of getting a strong start each day, especially if your morning routine includes exercise. Add a balanced, protein-rich breakfast to your routine and reap the health benefits, such as:
  • Balanced blood sugar levels, which helps maintain your energy throughout the day
  • Improved short-term memory and mood
  • Faster recovery and renewed energy after workouts
Better use of the commute to work

Some of the ways you can be productive during your commute include:

  • Catching up on podcasts or listening to business-related audio books
  • Hands-free calling to get a head start on critical or time-sensitive issues
  • Reading and responding to emails (for those who use public transit)
  • Researching and preparing for presentations

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