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Last week we covered setting up and organizing a home office. Today let's talk
about your desk…assuming you can find your desk under all that stuff in your
It is extremely important to keep your desk well organized.  A good office motto
is:  "A place for everything and everything in its place."  (Not what someone who
came up to me after one of my talks said was hers, "A place for everything and
everything all over the place.)  We all know how frustrating it is when something
is not in its proper place.  And think of all those precious minutes that are lot
when you hunt all over your office for what's been misplaced. 
One of the most important things to remember in desk organization is to keep
things  filed.  Try to file daily.  If you can't do that, at least have 3 or 4 shelf
organizers labeled clearly that you can quickly put paper into.    You may have one
for mail, computer, to  file, and pending.  Be creative and consistent in developing
your own filing system.  Come up with the best system for yourself. 
It's also important to keep your desk cleaned.  A clean desk is not the sign of a
disturbed mind as some of those cutsie signs say.  A clean desk makes you feel
organized.  It also promotes creative thinking and helps you accomplish your work
with minimum distractions.   Try to clean your desk before you quit working at the
end of each day.  And at the end of the week, make sure everything is filed in its
proper place and that your desk is cleaned not just picked up.  Throw away what
you don't need and get rid of the clutter.
Before leaving your desk – set out what needs to be done the next time you work
I the office.  It saves a lot of time in thinking about the next day and what needs
to be done and also in getting started.  It's harder to procrastinate when the work
is right there, ready to go.  It also helps to keep you focused. 
Come back next week when I'll touch on office distractions.    There are many
conveniences to working out of a home office; but there can also be many
distractions.  See you next Tuesday!

posted on: 4/15/2008 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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