I’m one of those people that doesn’t function well if there’s clutter, mess, or chaos happening around me. I can’t focus on the task at hand, if I know that I have a mess to clean up and organize. Working from home, especially, means that I like to have systems and items in place to keep all my things together.
Here are a few things I like to use to stay organized and make the most of my work time:
Much of my ability to stay on task is due to the seemingly endless amounts of planners that I use. It’s excessive, but it’s not uncommon for me to have a paper planner, an acrylic board planner, and the iPhone calendar full of deadlines and dates. I like to see things in different forms and check them off in different ways. The wall calendar is most helpful for me to visually see the month at a glance. I like having everything in my phone, so that I can know exactly what I need to be doing/working on, no matter where I am (this was more helpful when I was traveling more regularly before!). A traditional paper planner is great for a week-by-week plan — setting goals and writing in activities for each day.
I’m also an avid post it note user! I’ll have multiple notes on my desktop computer at all times. It’s the best way for me to remember to do something, as well as a good place to put important reminders.
Outside of things like that, I also love any item that will help my workspace stay organized – a cart, pen organizer, and file holder are all helpful items to keep things in one place and have a clear desk.