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Organizing Solutions for GO Month and Year-Round



I recently discovered a website by Smead (best known for office filing products) that is a wonderful interactive tool for people looking for help organizing their desk space or office (the #1 request I get as an organizer).  The site is called Smead Organomics and it provides organizing solutions through an interactive website. With January being GO Month, there's no better time to check out such a site.


The site is divided into five sections: My Organomics, Hot Topics, One Minute Answers, Organomics Calculator (which can figure out how much time and money is lost during organization) and Club Organomics. Each section has value and offers expert answers.

Below is an example of the kind of problem-solving information you can find on the Organomics website to help you become better organized. The right office product for your project and learning style can really make all the difference in your success in maintaining an organized office space.


According to research conducted by Smead, all work can be broken down into six different types. Once you understand the specific categories of work you do, it is easier to develop organizational techniques for each of these categories that can help you manage workloads more easily and with less stress. The different categories of work include:


Projects

Anything you work on over a period of time, or that involves multiple tasks. If you are detail oriented (there are 5 work styles detailed on the website), projects could be made easier by using Colored Classification Folders. Or if you are team oriented, 10-Pocket Project Organizers would be a good option.


Meetings

Any purposeful gathering of two or more participants where information or ideas are shared. For people who are visually oriented, meetings would be more effective with Smead's Clear Brief Covers.


To Do Now Items

Anything you need to do right away. For goal-oriented people, "To Do Now Items" can better be managed with Smead's Colored Poly Project Jackets, which provide room to hold task materials and can be prioritized by color.


To Do Later Items

Anything you don't need to do, or can't do, right away. Team oriented people are better able to handle "To Do Later Items" with Smead's 6-pocket Weekly Organizer while detail oriented people may prefer Smead's Daily and Monthly Desk File/Sorter.


Immediate Reference – Items you need to access right away or that you use frequently. All types of work styles can benefit by using Smead's Viewables Labeling System, which enables people to color code different categories of information.


Future Reference – Items you don't need to access right away, things that might be important sometime later, or items that would be difficult or expensive to recreate. Visually-oriented people as well as goal-oriented people should consider using Smead's Colored FastTab Folders, which have a large built-in tab for easy labiling.

posted on: 1/11/2010 10:30:00 AM by Heather Lambie
category: Paper


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The Pile High Club--how NOT to become a member


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My Husband - "Honey, how thin can you spread yourself before you're no longer there?" Me - "I don't know. But I'm in it to win it, so we may have to find out."

Heather's Website:

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Favorite Websites

  • The Sartorialist
    This site appeases my hunger for all things New York, reminds me of my time there, and gives me great ideas for unconventional looks.
  • Toffee To Go
    They are located in Tampa, very near me, but they deliver/ship nationally. They have THE BEST toffee EVER. It's buttery, salty, sweet--all my favorite things in one bite.
  • The Container Store
    I know this is a no-brainer for an organizer...but this place really turns me on!
  • The Poetry Foundation
  • Because I Said So (blog)
    As a mom myself, this mom of 6 (!!!) has me in stitches.
  • Michael Buble
    If I wasn't happily married, I might be stalking him. Bar none, the best voice and best sense of humor!

Quotes That Move Me

  • General H. Norman Schwarzkopf
    "The truth of the matter is, you always know the right thing to do. The hard part is doing it."
  • Ivern Ball
    "Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "The secret of education is respecting the pupil."
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    "Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen."
  • Abigail Van Buren
    "The best index to a person's character is how he treats another person who can't do him good, and how he treats people who can't fight back."
  • Dorothy Galyean
    "Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn't get you anywhere."
  • Aristotle
    "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."
  • Mark Twain
    "To be satisfied with what one has; that is wealth. As long as one sorely needs a certain additional amount, that man isn't rich."
  • Jackie Kennedy
    "If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much."

Places I'm Dying to Visit

  • Hawaii
    Any how, any way, any time.
  • Los Cabos, Mexico
  • China
  • Japan
  • Alaska (via cruise ship)
  • Marbella, Spain

Places I've Already Been

  • Australia (Sydney)
  • New Zealand
  • Tahiti, Moorea, Bora Bora
  • London
  • Paris
    Spent only one day here (took the Chunnel from London when I was there) but it was one amazing, beautiful day where I walked the flea markets, visited the Louvre, people-watched and used all 6 senses to experience it.
  • Trinidad & Tobago
    My husband is from here, so we go several times a year to visit family.
  • Italy (Milan, Vicenza)
  • Jamaica

Things I'd Like To Do Before I Die

  • Run a leg with the Olympic torch before the games begin
  • See the monarch butterflies migrate to Mexico
  • Ride a horse on the beach (in the water)
  • See a prize fight (boxing) in Las Vegas
  • Run the NYC Marathon
    I ran the Disney Marathon in 2000 (pre-kids). Would love to run another post-kids, to prove I can.
  • Have washboard abs.
  • Eliminate self doubt.
  • Own an apartment in Manhattan.
  • Watch the ball drop in Times Square on New Year's Eve.
  • Take an RV trip down the coast of California.


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