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."

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Time Management

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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.

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. 

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.

  • 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 Decluttering is about identifying what is obsolete and getting rid of it to make room for what you plan to do next.

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Organize your office
  • Start with a purge to create an office that is free of clutter.
  • Create a catch-it space for incoming junk to sort through.
  • Keep your desktop clear of clutter.
  • Place two document trays on your desk, one for new documents, the other for opened documents that you need to deal with.
  • Create two separate zones, one for computer work, one for non-computer work.
  • Place physical objects into drawers or organizing trays and out of sight.
  • Get a bigger trashcan. Make sure to recycle.

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4. do What’s Most Efficient

80% of your success comes from the top 20% of your daily tasks. So, choose the tasks that offer you the highest yield per hour of effort.

Each day, you need to declare three priorities to which you should focus most of your energy. This can’t always be done, but it’s important you learn to take advantage of the 80/20 rule when possible.

Tips to organize your office space

  • 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.
  • De-clutter and organize your Laptop/Desktop by deleting those folders, pictures or softwares that you don’t need. 

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