Week 5: Streamline Your Work Space

Entire books have been published on the set up and maintenance of a perfectly run office. In our examination of Time in Week 2, we established realistic goals. I would hazard a guess that most of these goals relate to the work aspect of your life. I believe a solid technique must underlie everything you do to implement these goals. I also want you to consider the physical space as one of the keys to your success. The work environment you establish is a physical reflection of your desire to succeed. The best file set up in the universe won’t assist you if the room the files reside in is a flash point of chaos.

Every reader of this Challenge finds herself in a unique work situation. Many of you toil in large corporations with every electronic gadget at your disposal. Some of you are lucky enough to have a secretary. At the other end of the spectrum, you might be someone like my dad after he retired. His business life consisted of paying the bills and monitoring his investments. No matter how exalted or humble your business environment, the basic principles used to lay a strong, organized foundation are the same. And practice does make perfect!

I would identify these principles as follows:

  • Learn how to eliminate everything you do not need
  • Keep all material in related categories for ease in retrieval
  • Develop simple systems to organize the categories

Here are two articles to get your files organized and ready to go:
A Step-by-Step Guide to Organizing Your Files
Get Home Office Inspiration from the Garden
And from the iVillage Work Channel, here are some tips on Making Your Home Office Stylish

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