Quick! What does your desk look like? Can you see the top of it? Does it look like a bomb exploded and it’s stacked with towers of papers and file folders overflowing and stacks of “to-be-read” magazines on the chair next to you? If so, what kind of example are you setting for your staff or for clients that may come to your office?
You don’t have to completely change who you are, because some people are “naturally” messy, but you do need to keep up appearances, especially if you’re leading a team. What steps can you take to be more organized? Here are three suggestions:
- Accept offers of help. If someone offers to help you make sense of the mess, take them up on it. There is more than one way to “file” and being organized with towers of paperwork may help you be more productive in your day to day operations.
- Lead by example. If you walked into your employee’s cubicle and saw a desk that is in the same state as yours would you give him a high five or would you wonder, “how does he get anything done?”
- Take time at the end of every day to clean and straighten your desk area — note that this could also mean your virtual desk area. By that we mean, you need to tame the disorganization of your desk top in the fact of setting up file naming conventions so you can find documents when you need them and by filing and acting on emails when they come in so they don’t get lost in the shuffle.
What steps can you take today to get more organized?