Reorganization Resolutions: 5 Ideas to Help You Start The Year Right

Get on the Right Track for the New Year

Stuck on what your New Years Resolution will be this year? According to 24/7 Wall Street, life and self-improvements were the second most popular resolution for 2018. We thought of a few ways to break this down into smaller resolutions you can have for your workspace, and what products can help you meet your resolution.

1) Stop Losing Things

Woman Thinking

Are you always asking someone where you have placed your keys or a recent invoice? If you answered yes, then maybe it is time to focus on finding a home for those items you always lose. Consider implementing a desk organizer to help keep your frequently used office products all in one place.

If you find that you are losing paperwork, consider a desk tray with three tiers to organize papers into the following:

  • Bottom Tier: Documents you have not addressed yet
  • Middle Tier: Documents that you have skimmed but still need to take action on.
  • Top Tier: Documents that have been reviewed and approved.

If you have two tiers, take the instructions for the bottom and top tiers to help yourself keep track of what is on your plate.

Desk Tray, Three Tiers Mesh Desk Organizer
 Desk Tray, Three Tiers  Mesh Desk Organizer

2) Plan Ahead

Person Writing Plan Down in Notebook

Procrastinators, this one is for you. If you found yourself falling behind or waiting until the very last minute to accomplish goals, now is the perfect time to get a good start. If you have not already considered a planner, start with writing down your schedule in multiple places. Multiple studies tend to agree that when you write something down, you will have an easier time remembering your appointments.

If you have trouble prioritizing what is on your plate, take a notebook and jot down everything you need to do for the week. On a separate page, write down today’s date and your top three tasks to accomplish. Focus on each one at a time. When you are finished with your three most pressing tasks, you can go back to your full list and select three more.

Weekly Appointment Book Wirebound Notebook
 Weekly Appointment Book  Wirebound Notebook

3) Clean Up Your Workspace

Cluttered Workspace

Albert Einstein once said, “A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind.” If you cannot see the surface of your workspace, it may be time to re-evaluate whether or not you need everything in your workspace. When deciding whether or not to shred or throw something out, ask yourself these two questions:

  • Does the item I am holding need to go to anybody?
  • Have I done anything with this item in the past month?

If your answer to both questions is no, shred it or throw it out.

Also with flu season in full swing, wipe down your workspace once you clear all of the clutter. Doing so prevents germs from spreading around the office.

Powershred Cross-Cut Shredder Disinfecting Wipes
 Powershred Cross-Cut Shredder  Disinfecting Wipes

4) Develop a Functional Breakroom

Coffee Station in Office Breakroom

If you’ve noticed foul odors coming from the fridge, or always have to ask someone to find creamer for the delicious cup of coffee you have just made, this is the resolution for you. First, take a label maker to organize your pantry. Clearly mark what belongs in what row, then label the front door of each cabinet.

If you have an office with many coffee and tea drinkers, think about a coffee condiment caddy that will have all of the supplies needed right next to the coffee brewer. This can help employees save time and get back to work.

LabelWriter Printer Coffee Condiment Caddy Organizer
 LabelWriter Printer  Coffee Condiment Caddy Organizer

5) Improve Your Filing & Record Management System

Woman with File in Hand

Over the next couple of months, you might be doing copious amounts of filing. Take a moment to assess if anything went wrong last year. Consistency is the key to any good filing system. Color-code folders with similar contents and place them together. Ensure that files that may receive additional files are separated from files that won’t need to be touched again and added to. Ensure that each file tab has a clear and legible description of what contents are inside.

If your office has limited space for a filing cabinet, you can use a filing cart. This will allow you to move a set of documents out of the way when you do not need them.

File Folders Two- Tier Rolling File Cart
 File Folders  Two- Tier Rolling File Cart


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