As crazy as it sounds, we are about to enter the month of September. School is back in session. The sights and smells of fall are coming. The last third of the year will be here soon enough.
Hopefully, you were able to step away from your business a little bit and go on a trip this summer. As you get back into the swing of things at the office, we thought we would discuss a simple, yet vital topic: how the cleanliness and organization of your desk can impact your practical processes.
- 1) Go paperless: We all still have a habit of writing things down, especially on Post-Its, during a phone call with a customer or a quick idea that pops in your mind for a project. If you can, try and avoid the temptation to pull out the pen and paper. Instead, use an app on your phone, tablet, laptop or desktop such as Evernote to capture that pertinent. You’ll not only free your desk of the clutter of loose papers, but also you have an easy, more permanent way to organize and store the information.
- 2) Keep your computer files neat and organized: Switching gears to the digital sphere, you can easily compromise your paperless system by not storing documents, pictures, spreadsheets and emails in the wrong file folders; you might not even use them right now, which can be a costly mistake. Don’t let your home screen be a cluttered mess. Develop the file system that works best for you and your business, then stick to it.
- 3) Curb your hunger and thirst: The temptation to go to the vending machine and grab a sugary soda and junk food continues to be an obstacle for the workers’ health, especially in sedentary office jobs. Keep healthy snacks such as bananas, apples and nuts on your desk or in a drawer. Also, reach for a bottle of water before you chug that soda or coffee. Your mind and body will thank you later.
- 4) Make things personal: We spend almost a third of our lives at our jobs (sometimes that doesn’t include travel!), so cultivating a comfortable environment at your desk is not only important, but necessary. This all depends on your company/business policy, but if allowed, try and decorate your desk with interesting items and pictures of family or friends. You never know what decor can spark your creativity on a project or encourage you to finish a task.
If we can help you develop and manage your practical processes, be sure to contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org!