How I did it: Well I don't really have an office, just my desk on a row in a trading desk setting.
I used to have such a difficult time going through, sorting and finding paper to the extent it became a liability that I started to lose important notes, not only was it inconvenient, it must have looked very unprofessional and must have undermined my perceived performance. (Even as I'm pretty good at my job.)
But I finally hardened my heart and started throwing things I don't need, and file my papers properly.
Most importantly of all I stopped writing notes on random
pieces of paper unless I was sure to throw them away and my notes
contained in a notebook. That really helps to control the amount of
paper floating around.
I also bring my own favorite pen to use
which always has the magical effect of making me feel a little happier
when I'm using it at work :) Read how I did it… 2 years ago
How I did it: My office mess involved: lots and lots of paper piles, old personal items, trash, etc.
When they offered me some furniture changes, I decided to combine the new arrangement with cleaning/organizing the space.
I never know where to start or when a job is done, so I've started making a task list for these kind of goals.
I determine exactly what tasks need to be completed for me to consider the goal complete.
I make the list, and try to order it properly.
Then I work the list!
I also determine what shouldn't go on the list - for instance, I want to buy artwork for my office, but I decided not to include "decorating" with "organizing".
If you're interested, you can see my list if you click into the comments on the goal.) Read how I did it… 3 years ago
I’m making these lists so that I know when a goal is “done”...because some of these goals can never be 100%, not if you’re messy me.
This is my at-work office. And here’s my list:
Furniture – moved and reorganized
2 Stacking bins – all papers touched and filed, put in binder, or tossed
Buy cleaning supplies at CVS: dish soap, all purpose cleaner, lysol wipes
Drawers in desk cleaned out
5. Surfaces cleaned well/lysoled
Nasty cups cleaned out
Inflate the exercise ball
These things don’t have to be done to cross off list, but are ongoing, decorative ideas I want to remember:
9. New artwork on bulletin boards
10. Hanging things from ceiling tiles
11. Rita Hayworth picture (poster is preferable)
12. Art/Plants/Books! (Bazaar in October?)
13. Cords rearranged 3 years ago
How I did it: I cleaned and boxed and sorted and filed and discarded old junk. I sectioned the room or office in to small managable sizes. Then completely clean and organize one section at a time. If you find items that belong somewhere else just set them aside untill you get to that area. The smaller seections allows you to have mini success and a stopping spot at the end of the day. Read how I did it… 5 years ago