Organized space for organized work: here’s how I control it all within my office.
My office is my sanctuary. When we moved into our current apartment, I was so grateful for Joe’s generosity. You see, for two years we were living in a (super adorable!) modern one-bedroom condo unit, but we were quickly outgrowing it. We decided to upgrade and move into a place with a spare room. Through his usual act of selflessness, Joe allowed me to make the entire room my very own.
I do a lot of thinking in my office. It’s also the one place that I can call mine. I love my family to bits, but I have always been an introvert, so having personal space is necessary for my well-being.
I maintain my office with a certain expectation of neatness and cleanliness. An organized space means organized thoughts. Between baby, blog and (for the moment), bridesmaid duties, I need to keep a clear focus on everything I do.
Here are my tips on how to stay organized in the office:
- Everything has its place – From pens to notebooks down to random scribbles and notes: I always make sure that my belongings have designated spots on my desk. This way, I know where to grab for them – especially if I’m in a rush or if a good thought comes to mind.
- Make daily lists – It’s great to have an idea of what you’d like to have done within a week or a month. Daily lists can help you accomplish your long-term goals. I get hyped-up in motivation when I cross out small and effective tasks.
- Invest in an agenda – Appointments, meetings, and reminders: my agenda is my go-to reference for what’s going on in my life.
- Color-code – When I’m writing notes, I use a collection of highlighters and colored pens to have certain points pop out. It helps me remember important facts from meetings and conferences.
- The trashcan – Keep your trashcan close by! I avoid clutter by getting rid of unnecessary documents right away.