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Suffering from stressful deadlines? Plagued with too many things to do? Surrounded by 87 sticky notes crawling into your typing space? Well, here’s your answer: Organization. But don’t run away from the word just yet! While the seemingly harmless word conjures up thoughts of perfectly manicured closets, color coded folders, and plastic storage totes with typed labels, there’s more to it!

These five ways to ‘Organize Your Office’ will aid in your pursuit of a perfected workspace!

Write it Down!
…But you don’t have to buy stock in paper. Writing it down simply means to make a note of it. If you’re like me, relying on memory occasionally (read: usually) results in poor outcomes. Take a notebook with you, jot down notes on your printed slides, or even send yourself an email. But I recommend staying away from multiple, smaller notes; they only add to the clutter!

Go Crazy with Colors
Kindergarten teachers know the ropes – and pull out all the stops. As ‘elementary’ as it may be, color coding is highly effective! Using a color system to categorize documents, meetings, or binders can help you visually assess and process things much faster than taking time to read a label. Personally, I use color coding in my Outlook calendar – a quick glance is all I need to know where I’m headed and for what!

Declutter
While you’re reminding yourself to organize your notes and to dos, decluttering is also a good idea! Endless piles of paper and PowerPoints sitting on a disheveled desk isn’t doing you any favors. As I’ve alluded to in previous blogs, a clean workspace can do wonders. Paper Management tools, like our Voi® Cube, can clear that paper off your desk and transform it into a functional (and attractive!) work zone.

To Do List
There’s nothing like the satisfaction of crossing something off of your To Do List. But in order to feel that satisfaction … you must have a To Do List! Making a list (and checking it twice) will ensure that you complete those important tasks without them falling off your radar. For me, maintaining a list helps me prioritize and keep track of those projects that aren’t knocking on my office door.

Make a Schedule, Set Deadlines
Hustle and bustle at the office may seem like it equates to productivity, but it often does not. If you’re struggling to tread water, take a look at your schedule. Booked 125% of your day? Check if you need to attend every meeting. See a deadline coming up that you might not meet? Book some ‘Me Time’ on your calendar to work away in the closest Flock touchdown station.

Key takeaways? Write it down, colorize, declutter, make a list, and set that schedule! What are some of your tips for organizing at the office?

Interested in exploring some of HON’s organization solutions? Check out hon.com/storage.

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With Spring Forward behind us and the first official day of spring right around the corner, an office spring cleaning may be in order! Here are a few tips to help you on your journey:

Declutter!
Can you see your desktop, or is it obscured by the inordinate amounts of sticky notes, papers, and office supplies? If you no longer recall whether your desk is Mocha or Mahogany, it may be time to toss some trash. Anything that’s no longer useful, toss it out. Here, sticky notes are the biggest offender. Try to keep them to a minimum so that it doesn’t look like you’re testing canary yellow as your new office paint.

Scrub-a-Dub-Dub
The good news: If we were ever snowed in at HON, we could survive on my cache of desk snacks. The bad news: my desk sees a plethora of snacks, drinks, and meals on any given day. If you’re like me, this means you need the soap and bubbles more often! Fortunately, HON is well-equipped with cleaning instructions for your laminate desk or your workstation. Make sure to give your workstation a thorough cleaning every week (or more!) to disinfect, dust, and spray.

The ‘Junk Drawer’
As a kid, my parents kept what they affectionately called a ‘junk drawer’. A variety of pens, rubber bands, tools, and nails always ended up calling this drawer home. Today, I have my very own ‘junk drawer’ filled with office supplies, pens, sticky notes, and my well-stocked selection of tea.  What helps here? Dividers and regular cleaning. Inevitably, we all end up with 34 pens and only use one consistently.  Share the wealth and keep it clean!

Pilers or Filers
An old adage of HON many years ago stated that people were divided into two groups: Pilers or Filers. Regardless of which group you fall into, paper management is key! One of my favorite paper management features is the Voi® Cube (HLSL1212) – shown below in the color Pool. Not only does it add the final touch to your contemporary workstation, but it’s a functional and effective paper management tool. Once you have one, you’ll never let it go!

HON Voi Cube

Your Digital Desktop
That’s right– don’t think your virtual desktop is getting away so easily! If you can’t see your desktop background through the maze of desktop icons, it’s time to put those folders to good use. There are plenty of ways to digitally file your records and documents; pick a plan and stick to it. Though it may, at times, feel like Folder-ception, folders can be used within folders – just make sure that your labyrinth can be navigated with an intuitive naming system.

Hopefully these tips can help get your corner of the workstation in order – share yours below!

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