Did you lose 76 hours this year?
I know, you and I are both cooler and smarter than the average person, but according to one survey, the average responder lost 76 hours looking for lost items in their office and on their computer.
Sounds crazy but if you think about it, that’s just under 13 minutes a day.
When’s the last time you…
- Misplaced an email or important file on your computer and had to search for it?
- Spent time looking under your kids piles of stuff animals or the tent they built next to your desk for that checklist you printed off and needed?
- Couldn’t quickly find the business card from a great connection that you know used to be right there on your desk?
13 minutes a day… yeah, that seems pretty believable to me… I can think of much better things to spend my 76 hours on. How about you?
Organization is something I have to work at. It doesn’t come so naturally to me but I’ve realized that I get SO much more done with a clean desk — even if it’s just so that I have the space to lay out my writing paper, books, and be messy while I study or create…
When Lisa Kanarek of WorkingNaked.com shared with me that her new book was out, I jumped at the chance to review it because I love her blog (lots of great home office tips, and have you checked out her home office photos page?) and I’m betting many of you struggle with organization, too, so this could be very helpful.
Just the thought of losing 76 hours is enough to make me want to get better organized. But think about the additional time we could save on top of that by knowing the little expert tricks like:
- how to setup an easier to use filing system
- create a more comfortable, workable office space
- minimize distractions in my office and juggle working at home a little better
Gotta say one of the things I loved about this ebook is that Lisa gave me permission to not go after perfection and said I can keep my junk drawer (in my case it’s a junk container under my desk). Organize Your Home Office for Success has different strategies for different styles so you can pick out what will work for YOU.
If you’re a “Mr. or Ms. Organized” you’ll find ideas to build on that and streamline your systems. You probably love reading about organization and will enjoy the photos in this book… (I’m guessing here.)
If you’re a “Mr. or Ms. Doing-Okay-But-Today-I-Couldn’t-Find-My-Favorite-Pink-Pencil” you’ll like this, too, because it’ll help you get some systems in place to fix the little things that can improve.
And if you’re “Mr. or Ms. Forget-Organizing-the-Desk-I’ve-Lost-My-Brain!”… well, skip the rest of what I’ve written here and just go click the buy link…
I’ve never worked in the corporate world so I couldn’t tell you what the inside of a cube looks like unless it really does look like TV sitcoms show it. This also means when I set up my office I didn’t have a clue about laying my office out on a grid or ergonomics (and I’ve had tendonitis and carpal tunnel since I was 14, yes really and both officially diagnosed by an
annoying helpful doctor). But back to the book. It covers this!
On page 60 I learned I am a bouncing ball. Interesting. Maybe you’re a teeter-totter or a lookout? You’ll have to find out then share with me. I’m curious.
Chapter 7 about setting up a filing system was the most helpful for me. I’ve got one. But it needed help. It’s getting better now.
And if you liked Lisa’s guest post yesterday on my blog you will love Chapter 8 where it came from. It’s all about time management and inching closer to that work/life balance thing.
You need to know this isn’t a short report — it’s 152 pages (yes, I read them all) packed FULL of strategies and practical tips to help you organize not just your overflowing piles of paper but to really create a space that’s effective AND beautiful so you can work in comfort.
Did I mention it’s only $7.99?
And if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go continue working on my office space while you go buy your copy of Lisa’s fabulous book. Right here: click here to start learning how to make your home office space peaceful and productive!