How to be more organised at work

Many of us begin the year with the goal of being more organised and efficient at work. Then we dive into our inboxes only to surface weeks later realising that 2016 is already one month down and nothing much has changed.

Here are five simple tips for whipping your desk, your office, and your attitude into shape.

  1. Clean sweep

Take everything off your desk and out of your desk drawers. Then give your work station a good scrub. This will give you time to think about what you really need to keep. If you haven’t used an item in a while or can’t remember why you even have it – recycle or bin it!

  1. Everything in its place

When you’re packing essential items back into your desk drawers, try grouping similar items together so you know where to look next time you need something urgently. Designate separate spaces or drawers for stationery, equipment and personal items. A place for everything and everything in its place!

  1. Label everything

Spend a few hours labelling all your storage units – such as shelves, cabinets, baskets, boxes, drawers and files. This not only serves to remind you where things should go, but also helps your co-workers to find items or documents that they urgently need when you’re off sick or out to lunch.

Tower White Roll Labels are ideal for this project. Available in a vast range of shapes and
sizes, these labels stick neatly to almost any surface. They also have a durable smudge-
resistant finish and the handy dispenser box makes labelling a breeze.

  1. Rethink your filing system

It’s time to pull those dusty files off the top shelf and figure out what you can add to the shredding pile. The digital age is here – so be as paperless as possible and see what documents could be stored electronically (making sure to back up regularly).

Once you have pared down your paperwork, make your files easier to use with Tower Lever Arch Labels, available in a multitude of colours. It is also advisable to use Ring Reinforcements to strengthen and repair punched holes.

  1. Response Pending folder

While you’re getting your documents in order, consider creating a separate file or digital folder for items that require feedback from a client or colleague. By creating a Response Pending or WOR (Waiting on Response) folder that you can keep within eyesight, you are less likely to forget about following up on something important.

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