How to Organize Your Office and Boost Your Productivity

The average executive wastes six weeks every year searching for paper, according to certified professional organizer Ellen Delap. Maintaining an organized office where you can find items quickly and easily saves time and makes you more efficient, effective and productive. Here, Delap outlines some strategies and tools anyone can use to keep a home office, commercial office or cubicle organized and effective.
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Paper, Paper Everywhere and Not a Spot to Think

One of the biggest challenges professionals face in keeping their offices organized is the ongoing, onslaught of paper, says Delap. Despite e-mail, iPads and electronic services like online bill payment, "Paper is coming at them so fast; they don't have time to deal with it."

That's why Delap recommends having a space for "unprocessed paper," where you can keep bills, receipts, memos, etc. that you can't immediately address. This space could be a bin at the corner of your desk, says Delap. Of course, you'll have to deal with that paper eventually. The next slide explains how to stay on top of it.

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