I got laid off from my full-time office job in January, 2008. 6 months later I decided to use my strengths as an administrator and became a “virtual assistant”. A “virtual assistant” is a person who handles a variety of duties remotely. In my case I work from my home office or will travel to a client’s office to help them there.
One of the compliments I receive from my clients is how organized I am with my, and their work. I consider it one of the biggest talents I bring to the table and it’s one way that I stand out in a ever-growing pool of job-seekers.
If you are not in a position to hire someone to come in and help you with your home office, finances or place of business, here are 3 tips to help you get a better handle on your “space”.
Clear the Decks
Very few people work well in a cluttered workspace. Clear your space of all items that you do not use daily. If you have a few projects that you work on simultaneously, keep a stand up filing rack in a corner to hold file folders of the tasks or projects you are working on. It helps to have your task list for that project on the front cover.
Think “Find” When You File
The trick to filing is not where or how you file it but how knowing where to find it. Whether you file by alphabetical order (tax paperwork under “t”) or categories (home, car, investments), set up the system so you can find what you need.
This is one of the “golden rules” of organization. When paper comes across your desk take action immediately. File it, toss it, pass it to another person or deal with it. Trust me, this becomes much easier the more you practice.
Implementing these 3 simple tips will help you be better organized!
Now go run!