In your work life, you’ll meet two kinds of people: the tidy worker and the messy one.
I’ll tell you what some of the red flags of a messy worker are; they leave empty, abandoned cups of coffee sitting on their desk for weeks at a time, stacks of loose paper are always scattered around their workspace and they never ever seem to remember where on earth they left their pen. Sounds familiar?
Are you guilty of any of these crimes?
If you answered yes to that last question, then I have some bad news for you:
Chances are, you’re probably a messy worker. But not to worry, we’ll soon change that. Keeping your workspace clean and organised doesn’t have to be a chore. Believe it or not, it can be simple and easy. All you need to do is one thing:
Learn how to make the most of your office stationery.
So where do we start?
Find a Home For Your Paperwork:
You can get so caught up in the busyness of work life that you forget to make some room in your schedule for tidy-up time. And before you know it, piles of loose paper are scattered around every last corner of the desk.
That’s the last thing you want.
To keep all of your paperwork in a neat, tidy order, your best bet is to use a file box. Start off simple. Build yourself a filing system that you know will work well for you. You could, for example, stick labels on to your folders. Or you could even use a colour-coded system to make it easier to find the documents that you’re looking for.
The Many Talents of Sticky Notes:
Sticky notes are great. You know why that is? Because a sticky note is one of – if not – the most multifunctional tool you’ll find in any office:
On a sticky note, you can write friendly reminders to yourself that you stick on to your computer screen, where it’s impossible for you to miss. You can use sticky notes to jot down small to-do lists, or to colour-code your planners. You can use a sticky note when you’re brainstorming ideas on a whiteboard, and you want to add some key notes in between.
The list goes on. Sticky-notes are perfect for so many jobs. Make the most out of them.
Get the Most Out of Your Calendars
Alongside your online calendar it is useful to have a physical calendar near your office desk so you can see dates at a glance. Any type of calendar is one of the unwritten rules of being more productive. Using a calendar can offer you many benefits:
You’ll be on time more often, for one. No more missing urgent meetings.
A calendar can also help you to prepare better, as it’ll always give you a friendly reminder about what’s coming up in the week’s schedule.
Some of us can fall into the trap of overcrowding every single day on our calendars with dozens of jobs and tasks. That’s probably not the best way to go about using your calendar. You need to allow yourself some room to breathe.
In your calendar, there should be blank spaces. Blank spaces that represent your rest time. To be the most productive worker you can be, you should allow yourself an equal balance between rest and work.
Calendars can help you to implement this work-life balance:
Your calendar will not only remind you of when you have work to carry out, but it will also remind you of when you need to slow down and relax.
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