I popped into the office this weekend for some uninterrupted office maintenance time.
Basically, it’s a medium-small office that lots of people use throughout the week, and I’m in charge of it. I do a pretty good job of keeping the day-to-day stuff under control, but it was feeling cluttered. And why organize what I could just toss?
I decided to attack the stuff that had no discernible use but still took up space. It was a single-minded stuff-reduction rampage. And it was beautiful.
The rampaging actually only took an hour and half. I spent another uninterrupted hour and a half dealing with statistics (learner hours, etc.) and am proud to report that they’re soundly under control.
How I made the most of clean-up time:
I made sure there were no distractions.
I went for a huge, noticeable impact, inspired by the 80/20 rule and my mother.
I only set two goals.
My follow-up plan is written down: a list and a few neatly labeled piles.
Successful and satisfying.
It would be great to hear about other successes in office wrangling!
This was an amazing weekend. I had four glorious days to myself! I got a lot done in my apartment that I’d been putting off, and the result is that I have room in my closets, a desk, and a much smaller population of dust-bunnies. I’ve effectively expanded my living space now that my desk is a place where I can spend time, and all those pesky tasks of day-to-day living will be easier now that I can find things and put them away.
Even though I’m not quite prepared to start thinking about work again just yet, I definitely noticed myself thinking that it would be nice to spend some time getting a handle on my office environment again. I think it would make a huge difference in how I feel at work and in how fast I can find things. I don’t think I’ll be able to work in cleaning/organization/de-cluttering time this week, but I’m thinking that it needs to become a priority for a day sometime before mid-July. Because wow.
There are a million tips for getting and staying organized all over the Internet. I didn’t look at any of them. Three mindsets that worked for me this weekend:
Go for high-impact bulk stuff first. In other words, don’t start by dusting your DVD collection; start by washing and putting away the 11 loads of laundry floating around the apartment.
Get rid of things. Ask yourself, “Am I really going to take this item with me if I move in a year?”
Take a moment to decorate your space. For instance, my desk is now clear of piles of junk, and that’s great. I also took 5 minutes to decorate the area with miscellaneous pictures that were floating around – a fun reward for present-Emily and future-Emily.
I’d love to hear what works for everyone else out there!