This week is Home Based Business Week. If you are like most home based businesses your home office is probably a little disorganized. Because you are so busy being both owner, accountant, secretary and all the other hats that a business has, you have probably neglected getting your space organized.
That’s okay. I’m going to show you 5 easy steps to organizing your home office that you can do with minimal time. All I’m going to ask you to do is set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour everyday to work on this very important task to get your home office in order. When your office is in order I am certain that you are going to see an increase in productivity which translates to your bottom line. So let’s get into it.
5 Easy Steps To Organize Your Home Office
- Desk – The first area is your desk. Obviously this is the most important part of your home office besides your files and computer. Your desk is where you do most of your work and so you want that to be as organized as possible. Only have the essentials on your desk. I know it is tempting to get all of these decorative items to put on your desk but you must keep this to a very bare minimum. Your desk is for working and you want to have space to actually do that.
- Filing System – The next area you want to work on is your filing cabinet. If you don’t have a filing system set up then by all means set one up. To keep a handle on files I like to schedule a time of the year to do purging. Also you want to take about 1 hour every week or less looking through your files and seeing what can go and what can stay.
- Mail – For your mail you want to have a catchall basket, not a huge one either, where you put all incoming mail. This can be placed near your front door. Then when you have time that day go through and act on each piece of mail. Throw away junk, shred sensitive items and file the rest. If you need to do an action on a piece of mail then write it down on your to do list or calendar and put the mail in your pending action file on your desk.
- Calendar – Your calendar is not just for keeping you on schedule. Use your calendar to log important task that you need to do that day. It doesn’t matter if you use a paper calendar or electronic or both. Just get into the habit of referring to your calendar at the beginning of everyday so that you will stay on track. If you use more than one calendar make sure that you sync them. I use Google calendar as well as a paper based calendar to log my blogging duties. I also like to have my calendar in monthly mode because I like to see the big picture.
- Computer – Your computer is just as important as your desk and your files, so keep it organized too. You can read my tips to get your computer organized here.
I hope that these tips help you to make the most of running your home based business and keeping your home office in order.