In my work with small businesses, I tell them that personal organization plays a large role in doing good work so they can accomplish their goals. I’ve learned that the vast majority of people have messy desks. So I suggest a simple three-step program to get started:
First, clean off your desk and put everything into one of four buckets. Bucket one is things you use every week. Bucket two is things related to your current projects. Bucket three is things you use every once in a while. And bucket four is things you want to throw away.
Second, add an inbox and outbox to your desktop. And third is to process everything in your inbox at least once a day.
One of my clients took my advice and spent about a day cleaning off her desk. I think you’ll agree with me that the results are remarkable.
President, Business 360 Northwest