I like to say, mess is an inevitable consequence of an amazing creation. Ever had an evening playing Masterchef, created a killer three course menu, and been left with no mess? Probably not. The same goes for your home and work life. Think your desk will be clutter-free while you build your empire and kick your goals? Of course not - but there are some techniques you can employ to keep your organisational skills in check, and the benefits will go beyond your desk drawers.
There is so much information available to help in our businesses and lives, and it comes from everywhere! You might have notes from meetings and courses, there are news sites and blogs to keep up with, and I don't need to tell you about your email inbox and social media feeds.
When you think you need to save a document or article for future reference, you need to ask these important questions...
This is part of a series where I briefly explain the main systems that can help your personal productivity in the office.
The third one is Contact Management...
I recently had a chat with my friend Jonathan about, of all things, garbage bins! Check out my story about how having the right setup UNDER your desk can improve your productivity
In the next few weeks I'm going to briefly explain the main systems that can help your personal productivity in the office.
My Mentor Barbara Hemphill calls these "The Magic 6". For some, these will be common sense, and for others it may be a vital missing part that could make a huge difference in their daily work.
The first one is Desktop tools...
Over the last few months, I have been busily furthering my organising and productivity knowledge with a well respected industry veteran in the US, Barbara Hemphill. I will soon be able to add the title Certified Productive Environment Specialist (CPES) to my accomplishments and it's already given me some really effective extra tools to help my small business clients to manage their information and be more productive.
This week I have made my very first quick tip video to share with you.
Even the most organised among us will probably have a little pile of papers that we haven't figured out what to do with yet. So here are 3 questions you can ask yourself to help sort through that pile.
I would really love to hear from you, in the comments below or over on Facebook.
If this tip helped you clear some paper or you would like to see more videos from me in the future, please let me know!
Let's face it, most people hate filing. It's boring.
But more than that, one of the common getting stuck points is those documents that don't really fit into any category that you have set up. Sometimes this results in piles of miscellaneous papers or you just put off the filing all together.. And the piles grow.
So how can we avoid this and make filing easier?
Do you have a dedicated location in your office for stationery? I'm talking pens, notebooks, extra staples, blank CDs, envelopes.. Anything that's blank or a refill or consumable on or around your desk.
Last week I was interviewed by Annette from Pinkerton Property.
If you have 8 minutes to spare and are curious about how I work with clients, have a look.