Organizing Your Office – Filing Systems

papers falling
One of the problems we all have to confront in setting up and organizing our home office is filing systems. I hear the collective groan! The problem with offices is not just clutter control. It is retention necessities. It would be so much easier if we could just toss all the papers in the recycle bin or shredder but that is not practical (or legal).    There are so many documents that we need to keep because we work with them and still others to keep for legal purposes. We also need to be ...
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Working at Home with a NeatDesk

Neat Desk
Is it just me, or does it seem that the more we go paperless, the more stacks of paper to-be-filed populate your desk?No?  Maybe it's just mine. I file and pile and file and toss.  A few weeks go by and it seems as though I never touched a thing. I love a neat desk.  I envy neat desks.  My desk toggles from a tornado-hit-disaster to a simple mess and repeat.  I envy people who go home for the day (or downstairs after the day) and have a cleared desk.  It must feel liberating! If you are...
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Step Away from the Kitchen

Kitchen Counter
What do you think is the biggest distraction to workers at home?  (not including children)? Probably the kitchen.  When you were at the office, how many trips did you make to the kitchen or water cooler?  I've known people that spend way more time traversing back and for to the cooler than they do working!    And that's at the office.  Imagine what that can turn into at home?   If you walk into the kitchen every few minutes for a snack or something to drink, you'll end up washi...
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What’s that Smell?

Fresh Cut Lemon
Another advantage of working at home?  Control of your airspace! When you are working in the company office, you really don't have much control over the smells.  If your boss douses himself with cologne every morning,  or your coworker wears a whole bottle of Chanel every day or the guy in the next cubicle doesn't believe in deodorant or there's that guy who brings in fish and heats in the microwave.  EEE GADS!  Or someone burns popcorn every day and whole place reeks!  Nothing you can do! ...
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What’s the plan, man?

Pen and To Do List
I'm big into to-do lists.  I think everyone should learn how to use them effectively.  I have lists around but was never one for doing the BIG lists on the wall or getting wall-sized calendars or things like that. I was reading an article the other day about how a wall planner,  a large one that takes over the whole wall,  helps you keep all your projects organized in one place but will also show you the big picture.  Literally! It will show the little tasks that you need to get completed ...
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