Organizing the Office Using the Zone Plan
Clutter and unfiled papers
Projects not in bins
Files too full
Too much laying around and screaming “DO ME”
2. How do I want my office to look and feel?
Look clean and uncluttered
Look and feel welcoming
Have empty spaces to allow for growth
3. What do I need to do to make this vison come true?
Sort and label all loose papers
Clear out all desk drawers and desk surface
Purge files and put into a project bin all I will need for taxes
Shred and archive papers
Declutter and organize bookshelves and the storage credenza
Set up bins for current projects and purge old projects
Deep clean room
4. Schedule times to do each task
Pull out calendar and see what times are available for work
Schedule reasonable times for each task and dates/times to work
Write on calendar the dates and times
By the end of the month, I will call whatever has been accomplished “good enough” and move on to the next zone. The office is now ready for regular maintenance until the next year. I always reward myself by buying a fresh flower for my desk.
Jonda S. Beattie Professional Organizer