How a Clean + Organize Office Can Boost Productivity & Happiness

We’ve all been there . . . you meet a new business colleague at the local networking event held monthly at a cafe down the street from your office. Then, as murphy’s law would have it you receive an email from them the next day that says “I have a few minutes today to stop by your office and tour your company”. You want to answer the email with much enthusiasm but as you look around your office you see piles on top of piles of clutter, your happiness is deflated like a balloon. 

Spring cleaning isn’t just something to do at home. Your workspace deserves a little TLC, too. Office spring cleaning can help improve your performance at work, it’s the reason for the smile on your face every day . . . it’s not what your coworkers think the smile is for!

The mood of your workspace has a big impact on the way you do your job. You’ll save a lot of time and energy if your things are tidy and easy to find. Investing in the process now will save you mucho time later.

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin

FOCUS ON WHERE YOU’RE GOING, NOT WHERE YOU’VE BEEN

Picture this, the “future you” – What kind of space do you want to work in?

Be sure to build a workspace with that vision of “you” in your workspace in mind. You aren’t cleaning your office for your past — you’re doing it for your future – keep that your mindset.

Ask yourself this, what kind of a year do you want to have? 

A year better than last . . . Right? If you’re planning to take on projects, set up a space to work on those projects. Having a vision for the future of your office or business is clearly essential.

“Clutter is nothing more than postponed decisions.”  ~ Barbara Hemphill 

HAVE A PLAN

Cleaning + organizing is a process. And, that process starts by taking everything out of the area or what I call ZONES you’re working on.

Redesign the area for your needs. If you’re doing clean + organize in small intervals, take it a drawer at a time. If you’re spending the afternoon working on your office, you can attack larger zones, like your entire desk, making sure you get all those little bags of oyster crackers you’ve been saving from the lunchroom . . . I know, I know! 

This is one area where size doesn’t matter in any vision, the first step is to take a look at all of your items. Remove them from the zone you’re working on so you can clean the area too. (please don’t skip this step). Take the drawers out of your desk. Trust us: the drawers are dirty and need to be cleaned. Don’t be surprised if you find that award you wanted to hang since the start of the millennial. 

Take a last look at the items to make decisions about what stays and what goes bye-bye. Clean anything you’re keeping or donating. Now, find a home for the items you’re holding on to…. Every item needs a functional home, if one doesn’t exist create one.

Make sure that you have quick access to the things that you use most. Group things together into categories to help you stay organized in the future. Having a small area designated for papers or other things that need to be put away at the end of the workday can be helpful especially when you’re in a rush and things get extra busy at work.

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Increase your productivity and lower your stress with a clean + organize office. Then you’ll have more time to stop and smell the flowers and enjoy all the good things that spring brings ~ Like the opening of local wineries!

    Peace ♥ Harmony

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How a Time Policy Can Help Make Your Day At Work More Effective

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Time Policy Chart – (the times are only examples)

7:00am- 9:00am:    (Voicemail, Emails, In-Box Correspondence) *Fill in your own tasks
9:00am – 10:30am:  (Quiet Hour – Priority Tasks) *Fill in your own tasks
10:30am- 12noon:  (Appointments, Meetings, Calls, Correspondence) *Fill in your own tasks
12noon – 12 :30pm:  (Mail, Voice mail, Emails) *Fill in your own tasks
12:30pm-2 :00pm:  (Exercise – Lunch) *Fill in your own tasks
2:00pm – 4 :00pm:  (Appointments – Priority Tasks) *Fill in your own tasks
4 :00pm- 5 :00pm:  (Meetings, Assignments, Calls) *Fill in your own tasks

A Time Policy is a guide to be used in scheduling your tasks, appointments, meetings and other activities. It involves reserving certain Time Periods of the day for specific tasks and projects. The first thing you need to find out is what is your Prime-Time? Me, I’m a “morning person” – I can get most of my task done by 10:30 am. You need to create a policy that will utilize your prime time, and not set yourself up for failure by scheduling appointments, meetings, or making important calls during the times when you’re feeling sluggish. This makes your day more effective in several ways:

    1. The Routine = it will eventually become one . . . I promise – performing the same type of tasks at the same time each day reduces the brain’s “plan-time” – That time it normally takes to get to get your shit together and orient a plan to the task, the plan is already in place by your Time Policy.
    1. Natural Breaks – it allows you to make use of  the natural breaks in a day – use: coffee, lunch, quitting time as deadlines to prevent jobs expanding beyond the allotted time space.
  1. Meetings & Appointments – which tend to take twice as long as they should – A Time Policy  ensures that you use your prime time effectively for priority tasks and assignments.

So, go ahead and set-up your time policy – the first one I made was in 1998 it was written on a piece of 2″x 3″ notepad paper, I promised myself I would write out my time policy every morning (I am a morning person) for 21 days. . . the rest is history. You will have to experiment a few times before you finalize your own Time Policy, of course you can update at anytime according to your lifestyle and work career.

Let me know how it is working for you or if you need help to set up a time policy. If you’d like to schedule a 30+ minute consultation with me to learn how to create a Time Policy to help you use your time at work more effectively – Call me: (860)961.6824 or Email me: cchomeconcierge@gmail.com

Why Hire a Pro Organizer to Stage Your Home?

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If you’re planning on selling your home, you need to make sure it’s decluttered to appeal to the prospective buyers – a professional organizer can help with home staging. If you’re moving into a new home, downsizing the home, or even combining homes, it’s not worth it to pack up more stuff than you have to.

After you’ve gone through your belonging with a professional organizer, you can have a garage sale which the PO can help plan, setup, be there the day of sale, and take care of what is left from the garage sale by donation, goodwill or some other charity. It’s a great way to make some extra money. If the majority of your items are high-end items, you might consider selling them online for a nice profit with the help of a professional organizer.

Would you like to get organized? If you’d like to schedule a free consultation with me and learn how a Professional Organizer can help you get a less stressful life.

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

Clean It Up! Being Productive in The Office Starts With Cleaning and Organization

Okay, you can’t hire a Terry Tate to bring up productivity in your office, but you can hire a Cleaning & Organizing Service to bring efficiency and purpose to each area of your business.

What’s your biggest obstacle to productivity at work? For some people it’s the constant dings of smart phone notifications and emails; for others it’s distracting interruptions from co-workers. But for a lot of employees, the one thing that stands in the way of efficiency is simply not being able quickly find what they need to complete a task.

Being disorganized costs you time and money, people can spend hours looking for things in their office and on their computer, that they could be spending on work that’s making money for the business. Here are 10 Productivity Tips you can use at your office:

Productivity Tips

SOURCE: http://www.thecollegeprepster.com

Your office should be the cure to workplace stress – Not the cause

Peace & Harmony ~ Cheryl

CC Home Concierge Company ~ Formerly https://envision-designs.com/service-package-price/

 

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Business Book List for 2017

These books are on my wish list at Amazon – I hoping they will make it to my Christmas list! Damn, that means I have to be good …..

What are your favorite business books? Are you reading one right now?