How to Organize your Workspace for the New Year


Get Organized for the New YearOn January 1, it’s out with the old and in with the new. But have you ever applied that to your workspace? Take a look around and we guarantee you’ll spot some fossils.

At the workplace, we accumulate items just as we do at home. But between deadlines and demanding clients, we rarely have the time to give our desks a proper clean.

This time of year gives us a chance for resolution. So why not start with something as tangible and simple as organizing your workspace?

Donate, trash, keep

First, take stock. Create three piles labeled donate, trash and keep. Then, begin organizing the contents of your desk into that space. Leave no item behind. When you’re finished, the desk should be completely emptied into your piles.

Before you decide to keep the item, ask yourself when you used it last and when you’re likely to use it again. You can also apply the well-loved Marie Kondo method: if the item doesn’t give you joy, it belongs in the trash. In other words, if the pen always smudges or gives you a callus, maybe it’s time to treat yourself to a new one.

If it’s an extra stapler that you never use, donating to a colleague or charity goods organization could be the answer. For the trash pile, ask what can be recycled or composted. Many of your old documents can probably go into the compost heap!

Use that shredder

Often, we hold on to old documents because they contain sensitive information. If you want to maintain client privacy while shedding redundant documents, head to the shredder. It’ll lighten your load without compromising your business’ integrity.

Clean it up

When’s the last time your desk was bare? Now that your items are sorted into piles, give every surface a good dust and spray.

Create new organizing systems

Before you start returning items to your desk, reconsider your placement. Perhaps it makes sense to use that bottom drawer for shipping supplies and the top drawer for invoices, but you had everything wherever it fit in the past. Make note of opportunities that will make doing your job more seamless.

Dress it up

It’s amazing what a potted plant or picture frame can do. Studies show that personalizing your workspace can have major psychological benefits. So get down with some feng shui or add a pop of your favourite colour. You’ll thank yourself later.

How to choose the right planner for you


For such a seemingly small purchase, a planner is a big commitment. It’s your personal assistant for one full year. And if you choose right, it’s a tool that helps you stay organized, reduces your stress and ensures you don’t miss out on the most important things in your life.

Choosing the right planner or calendar

But there are so many options. How do you know which planner is right for you?

Daily vs. Weekly

If you want an hour-by-hour view of your day, a daily planner is right for you. It will keep all of your appointments in one easy-to-find place. But if you’d rather take a quick scan to see what’s on for today without breaking it down hour-by-hour, a weekly planner is what you need.

Tabs

Need to flip ahead and see what’s coming up in October? Or do you want to keep your business and personal separate? Look for a planner with tabs. With a glance and a flip, you will quickly find the section you need.

Pockets

For the person with print-outs, receipts and business cards in every jacket, purse or wallet, a planner with pockets is right for you. It will keep all of your important documents in one place.

Note Fields

It’s the all-purpose planner. If you cringe at carrying an armful of notebooks, calendars and planners to the meeting, look for a planner with lots of note space.

Size

Want to journal, stay organized and keep contacts in one place? Go for a large planner. It may seem hefty to lug around, but when you consider all of the items you won’t need anymore — like a date book and note pad — it’s actually a concise way to go. If you want something that can fit into your clutch, forgo the extra features and look for a simple daily or weekly planner.

New Year’s Resolution: Get Organized


Still recovering from the stress of the holidays? Maybe there’s just one more thing on your mental to-do list; maybe you just can’t seem to find the energy to stay productive; maybe you already ditched that New Year’s resolution.

Around here, we believe the key to busting stress is organization. By keeping up-to-date calendars, personal organizers and notebooks, you can rest assured that everything is accounted for.

Personal organizers are the thing if you’re forgetful — keep your appointments and do-to lists at hand. Notebooks are great for tracking progress on that New Year’s resolution. And every household runs smoother with a family calendar on the fridge.

Staying Organized in the New Year

So this year, resolve to get more organized! To keep yourself motivated, check out our Ten Tips for Keeping Resolutions.