Monday and My Plan
Monday, March 14, 2011
This week is a continuation of projects I started last week.
March 8th was International Women's Day. I recognized the day by visiting sites, learning more and sharing a link here, but did you know that the 8th was also National Home Office Organization Day? I didn't think so.
I didn't know about this day either until a story popped up on Google! In the spirit of this day I thought I'd share some of the tasks I did on the 8th and what I hope to accomplish this week.
· Emptied my inbox. No, not emails. The ever so neat looking "inbox" sitting on the top shelf of my desk with all manner of notes, to-do's , half-finished projects and the like. Nothing urgent enough to do ASAP. I have a folder just for those projects.
Hmm, what else do I have in here? Pizza coupons. The email address to a contact I've already put in my hubby's business contacts, school fundraiser forms (you know the kind sent home almost daily until the event)? I know I volunteered or sent in the money/drink/gadget required because, see? There’s my check in the top right corner indicating DONE in my world. So why do I still have the paper? Cause my neat looking inbox hides oh so many secrets.
· I did a quick eenie, meenie, miny, moe to decide which file cabinet to open first. Left or right.
Left being the behemoth holder of ALL and right the smaller less frightening holder of how to manuals, notebooks and trade publications with important articles for hubby. Yes! I do read them and turn down the corners of interesting articles. I am his secretary after all and you could learn a lot about the state of our economy by reading what is going on in the housing industry, but let me not stray too far from the subject: file cabinet on the right was my best option last Tuesday. 35 minutes later I felt pretty good about the overall state of affairs in that file cabinet, but alas, I broke my stapler! Darn the luck, looks like I'll just have to put off file cabinet on the left until I purchase a suitable replacement.
· Next, I took everything off my desk and gave it a good cleaning. Not just a dry dusting, nope. Warm, slightly sudsy, lemony scented water and a nice towel dry.
Okay, you may be yawning at this point and saying to yourself: Boring! Trust me on this one: a clean and shiny desk in an office that smells good equals a happy work zone. I also de-cluttered. The pencil sharpener that didn't really do more than gnaw the pencils? Tossed and added to my list of needed office supplies.
And so went my morning. I had a box of recycling and the lid full of shredding and a nice happy work zone to show for it.
Today I am still minus a stapler (I was way too busy flying kites and re- learning archery with my family to go running to the office supply store this weekend) so this week:
I've decided to tackle the sideboard in my dining room that doubles as work/family filing and storage. I'm a bit nervous because I can't quite remember the last time I took everything out of this lovely piece. Wish me luck.
I'm also going to do away with the ever present basket of incoming stuff that has taken up semi-permanent residence on my kitchen counter. It's full of receipts, coupons, pictures, cards, washers, nails, cameras, and better keeps because this looks important to (insert appropriate family member).
It’s amazing how much time I have to spring clean my office and home now that I’m no longer working in direct sales. It’s true what they say about less is more. I feel more efficient and in control. Please try to do yourself the favor of cleaning off your desk and maybe ridding yourself of the clutter of too many things on your plate. You and your family will reap the benefits.