Albert Einstein, one of the world’s most renowned physicists, applied three rules of work to solve scientific and life problems. See how they apply to office organizing.
1. Out of clutter find simplicity.
Clutter is an unorganized mess that adds stress to our lives. With too much in front of us, our minds lose focus. Time and money are wasted looking for important documents and files. Companies spend $20 on labor to file one document, but $120 on labor to search for a lost document, and $250 on labor to recreate a lost document.* Look for simple ways to categorize paper and electronic files for easy access. File regularly. A professional organizer can help you develop systems to keep clutter under control.
3. From discord find harmony.
Work and personal life are often in conflict, especially for those who work from home. A professional office organizer knows common sense ways to balance work and home life. Schedule time in blocks, with allocations for work and personal activities. Resist the urge to continually check voice mail and email. Successful office organizing helps establish boundaries that make you more productive at work and more relaxed at home.
3. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.
As cluttered and stressful as your office environment may feel right now, an organized office can help improve your productivity. Start small. Clear off essential desktop space and handle the most current papers first. Make it a habit to clear your desktop every day, review the schedule for the next day and update your to-do list. If you feel stuck or overwhelmed solicit help from a friend or professional organizer.
+Source: National Association of Professional Organizers