Posts belonging to Category 2. Organization

Make the Most of Time at Conferences

Attending industry or corporate conferences is a great way to get some great classes that are more focused on what you do.  I rarely miss my professional organizers conference.  Humans are herd animals and NAPO is one of mine.  I thoroughly enjoy mingling with my herd once a year. A couple of tips – Budget and save for attending at […]

When You HAVE To See Your Stuff

A lot of people still subscribe to the idea that being organized means ‘pulling a Felix Unger’.  The popular Odd Couple character was the fussy one that had to have everything clean, put away and in order.  Felix was not organized – he was a neatnik. Being organized is not about the ‘stuff’ – it about […]

Professional Organizers Are People Too!

Those of us naturally inclined to organization can take as much ribbing asthe pack-rat.  We have been referred to in unflattering terms – fuss budget, “a”retentive, neat freak – you get the idea. The truth is we all live on a continuum and we are all subject to the same natural laws.  The messiest person […]

Cleaning V.S. Organizing

I often hear people talk about how they organized their office but it didn’t stick – that a few months later is looked as bad or worse than before they did the organizing. It is not that the organizing didn’t stick.  It’s because they didn’t really get organized. They cleaned. Cleaning is a clearing process.  It […]

Frequency of Use Rules

When setting up a workspace, it makes sense to place items based on how frequently you expect to use them.  These are the ‘rules’ I use when working with clients: If you use it every day keep it on or in the desk If you use it every week, keep in the desk or within […]

The Incredible Shrinking Workspace

Companies are not only rightsizing staff; they are increasingly downsizing workspaces.  A downsizing of your workspace brings on new challenges; especially if you feel your previous space seemed small and overcrowded.  As you work to fit everything in, here are some key ideas to keep in mind:  All storage space (desk tops, file cabinets, drawers […]

Drowning In Information? Here’s a Lifeline.

We are being inudated with information.  This flood of information can become a major source of stress and wasted time.  It lowers our productivity and leaves us wishing we could just drown and get it over with.  The key to good information management is having a good system.  A system is nothing more than having the […]

What Being Organized Really Means and How It Can Make Your Work Easier

With TV shows like ‘Clean Sweep’ and similar programs that are metaphorically ‘waving magic wands’ and turning unbelievable quantities of excess into sparkling cleanliness, it is tempting to believe that you don’t need to get organized because you don’t have a garage bulging at the seams or a desk and chair you cannot find in […]