• Operate a personal clear desk policy – Keep documents, supplies and stationery to the bare minimum and move anything that doesn’t directly serve a function.
• Give everything a home. If you don’t, it WILL join ‘the pile of paper’ or go in ‘the drawer’. If you haven’t got space to store it, have a clear out, maybe scan it, ask yourself ‘do I really need it?”
• Filing – Studies suggest that 80% of what we file is never accessed again (just saying!) if you do need to file, book some time in each day to do it until it becomes a habit.
• Organise your PC/Laptop – Take some time to think about the programs you use regularly and set up your homepage to allow easy access to the program and files you use on a regular basis.
• Plan your work – Take 15 minutes at the end of each day to wrap up loose ends and prioritise key tasks for tomorrow.
• Identify when you have the most energy – Keep a note of your energy levels throughout the day and see if you can establish a pattern. If you notice your energy levels are higher at a particular time of the day, maybe save the larger and more challenging task for then.
• Eat the frog – If you have a task which you find distasteful, a bit like eating a frog, make sure you do it first thing, otherwise you’ll never get around to it!
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