One of the most effective ways to be good at work is to stay organized. Staying organized at work, helps you to get your work done while doing a good job at it. Regardless of the job you do, if you have more than one task it will help to be organized.
Organize Your Workload
There is no way you will be able to stay organized during your workday unless you organize your workload. The first step is to have your work organized chronologically. That way from the moment you punch in on the employee time clock to the moment you punch out you will have a plan. While it has to be flexible, it is still necessary to have a basic plan. By setting a schedule for when you do what, you will go a long way to keeping yourself organized throughout your day.
Organizing your workload requires organizing how you do your work and not just when. If you want to stay organized throughout your day it is important to make sure you have your work organized in some fashion. Exactly how you do this is up to you, and the nature of your work, but having a system organizing it is necessary to make sure you get it done. That organization can be as simple as that order that you get the work in or it can be more complicated. Whatever system you use it is important to stick with it if you are going to remain organized.
Organize Your Workspace
Another key to staying organized throughout your workday is organizing your workspace. If you are going to be organized, it is important to have a specific place for everything you work with. This includes equipment, supplies, incoming paperwork, outgoing paperwork, and more.
One way to organize your workspace is to find a place to keep any notes taken on paper as opposed to having them spread all over your desk. Putting them in folders can help you keep them organized by date and topic. This is an easy way to keep your workspace organized.
On your computer, make sure that you keep your desktop from getting cluttered. You can organize files in folders and subfolders that allow you to organize them by topic and date. Furthermore, you should regularly delete old unneeded files. This will not only keep your computer desktop from getting cluttered but the folders you keep things in as well. You can even delete, any folders that become empty.
The key to maintaining the organization of your workspace is to have a place for everything and keep everything in its place. Furthermore, it includes periodically getting rid of material that is no longer needed.
Evaluate How You are Doing Weekly
One of the keys to keeping yourself organized during your workday, is to do a weekly evaluation of how you are doing. Taking the time to see what is working and what is not working will help you refine your system of organization. It will help you to know where you are being consistent about being organized and where you are failing.
In this evaluation, you should ask yourself some questions about how you are doing:
- Did you reach your goals for this week?
- What do you need to do for next week?
- How did you spend most of your time and how productive was it?
- How can you be more productive next week?
- How well did you keep track of your work?
- Did you miss any priorities?
- Do your desk and office look clean?
- How well did your organization system work this week?
- Is everything organized and ready for next week?
- Is there anything that you can do better?
Doing an evaluation each Friday before going home, will go a long way to helping you keep organized at work.
The hardest thing about staying organized during your workday is getting organized in the first place. Start by developing a plan to get organized, and then develop one stay organized. Once you have made these steps, the key is to follow through with your plans.