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  • Writer's pictureJonda Beattie

OMG! Who trashed my office?


You look at your office and wonder if someone has trashed it! The you realize it’s just that you have let stuff pile up for weeks and not taken the time to do your due diligence maintenance. You have riffled through stacks of papers looking for that one you know you printed out a couple of weeks ago – then you give up, dig back through your emails (which also need cleaning up) and find the form again and reprint it. While looking through stacks of folders, you have put some of them in a stack on the floor. Your clipboard is under the bench. Your shoes that you kicked off last night are under your desk – wait – make that 2 pairs of shoes.

Just imagine what your kitchen would look like if you went weeks without any clean up! Like any other area in your home or business, your office needs regular maintenance.

I have found that checklists help. Below is one that I have developed for my office:

Daily


Clear desk


File papers


Update calendar


Lay out first project for tomorrow

Weekly


Check over projects – update timeline


Move forward on calendar uncompleted tasks


Set up basic calendar for upcoming week


Check all action files


Enter information into QuickBooks

Monthly


Reconcile bank statement


Print out monthly goal sheet and contact sheet


Tally work completed and align with goals


Check budget

Yearly


Revisit vision for office


Clear out all files


Deep cleaning of all areas


Reconfigure office to meet new vision

Now the final step is scheduling these tasks onto my calendar.

Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer

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