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For most people, a big contributor to their productivity is their ability to stay organized. Without some form of organization, it’s easy to get off task, forget important items, and wind up wasting a lot of your time and energy.
If you’ve noticed that things have been falling through the cracks for you or that you haven’t been getting things done as well as you might like, it could be time to rethink your professional organizational skills. So to help you become a more effective and efficient worker, here are three things you might want to try to help you become better organized at work.
Keep Things Clean
How organized your physical space is is usually is good indicator of how organized you are mentally. This is especially the case when it comes to your office.
According to Megan Malugani, a contributor to Monster.com, ideally you should be able to see the surface of your desk. When you get a paper or item that comes into your office, try to deal with it immediately so things don’t pile up.
This rule should go not only for your physical desk, but for your virtual desktop as well. If you can keep things clean and organized within your computer, not only will you become more productive, but your device will run smoother as well.
Plan Your Day The Night Before
A big part of being organized is know how to best use your time. When you don’t have a plan for your day, it’s so easy to let distractions in and while away hours doing no real work.
To combat this, David Lavenda, a contributor to Entrepreneur.com, recommends that you plan out your day the night before you head into work. By having your game plan all laid out ahead of time, you won’t waste time in the transition periods and will have a clear picture of exactly what you should be accomplishing during the day. While interruptions will likely still happen, you’ll be better equipped to deal with them and get right back to the work you intended on doing.
Manage Your Communication
As was mentioned above, distractions and interruptions are going to happen at work, which can really throw a wrench in your organization and productivity. But if you have a plan for how to manage your communication, you won’t have to spend big portions of your day dealing with it.
According to F. John Reh, a contributor to The Balance Careers, the majority of your attention for organizing your communication should deal with your email inbox. If you can set up filters for your email so that certain relevant emails go into certain folders, then you won’t be bombarded and overwhelmed by getting everything in one place and having to sort through it as you go.
If you’re wanting to be better organized at work, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how you can do just that.