6 Ways to Stay Organized when Working from Home
Technology has allowed working from home to become a popular option for so many different professions. From people working in corporate America to freelancers and small businesses owners. The absence of a long commute, more time with family, the ability to throw in a load of laundry or put something on the crock pot during a break are all great reasons to enjoy the benefits of working from home. But of course there is also a down side. That load of laundry may spiral into a never-ending list of household projects. So where do you draw the line? How do you stay organized and make working from home work? Keeping your workspace organized so you can be as efficient as possible while at your desk is key. Here are a few solutions to help you keep your workspace organized:
Have Systems in Place: Having a good system for processing papers will help keep the chaos at bay. Labeled files for projects and items used frequently will help you to know where things are and access them quickly.
Separate the incoming from the outgoing: There will always be papers and mail coming in and going out of the office. Sorting trays will help keep papers flowing properly.
Go Digital: The more you keep on your computer, the less paper you’ll need to deal with. It’s quicker to search on your computer for a document than it is to sort through piles of paper. Digitize and file what you can.
Make Tossing Easy: Have a trash can, recycle bin and shredder always handy at your desk. Getting unnecessary papers out of the way is half the battle.
Keep your Desk Clear: Remember, your desk is a work surface not a storage area. A cluttered desk is a cesspool (black hole) of distractions waiting to happen
Keep it Handy: Go through the shelves in your office and make books and reference tools accessible within arm’s reach. A book sorter like this adjustable steel book rack is great for items you use frequently.
The systems (or lack thereof) are the foundation to keeping you organized (or in chaos). As we welcome in another New Year, take the time to organize your work-at-home space and make 2015 your most organized yet.