In February, Mark Patinkin from the Providence Journal called me to organize his office. He featured me in his column along with a picture of his disorganized desk. Most people who saw the picture couldn’t believe what their eyes were seeing. When I see a disorganized desk, I don’t think how bad it is, I think, how I can make this person more efficient and productive and set up working organized systems that will keep them organized.
I run into people all the time that say they want to hire me, but are embarrassed for me to see their space. If you are embarrassed to have me come in, I wonder how you feel when potential clients,
co-workers, or managers see your office. Please understand that I see disorganization every day and do not judge.
Every disorganized office that I go into, I find the same patterns. Read on to see if you can relate. This is what I find in disorganized offices:
*No organized systems in place.
*Attempts at organization that have failed.
*Piles of paper that usually get thrown out after we go through them.
*Organizing supplies i.e., filing trays, vertical trays not being utilized in an efficient manner.
*Files in drawers that aren’t hanging, they are just thrown in the drawer.
*Money. Checks and cash.
*Tons of writing utensils. Most of them don’t work.
*Empty file drawers.
*Cluttered file drawers.
*No drawer organizers being utilized.
*Office supplies stored in all different areas.
*Duplicate files stored in all different areas in the office.
*Files and binders that have not been gone through in years. Most get thrown out.
*Too much work material on the desk.
*Too many chatzkies on the desk.
*Bulletin boards full of cluttered memos.
*Papers taped to the wall.
*Bookshelves full of books or binders that are no longer being utilized.
*Credit card receipts and bank receipts in all different places in the office.
*Take out menus in all different drawers.
*Binders not labeled.
*Space not being maximized.
*Time management skills need some tweaking.
*Dirty, dusty desks.
*No systems for business cards.
Can you relate? If so, you are in need of organization. You will be more efficient, more productive, less stressed, have more energy and people will have more confidence in you. Once you get organized your time management skills will improve because you are able to see clearer once the clutter has been removed. When you are finished organizing your office, you will be motivated, energized, and ready to tackle another project. It will feel like you have been cleansed and have a brand new office. You will be excited to go into work the next day. Yes, really!