Thanks to an email from Tom MacEntee, who is so organized he’s always on top of things like this, I learned that today has been named Organize Your Home Office Day.
In that email, Tom sent out a great list of resources for organizing your genealogy space. I am so grateful that Organize Your Family History is included on that list!
So, in honor of Organize Your Home Office Day, I challenge you today to look around your home office (genealogy or otherwise) and assess the following:
- Are there stray papers that could be filed?
- Do the items that are stored on your desk deserve to be there?
- Do you have post-its or notes pinned to a bulletin board that have aged out?
- How are you doing on office supplies? Are you about to run out of anything?
- Do you have any shredding to do?
- Can you put away items that belong in other rooms?
If you can say yes to any of those questions, I encourage you to pick three of them to address right now.
I’m convinced that most of these tidy-up type of projects take much less time than we expect them to. And they reap big benefits.
Two weeks ago, a TV reporter came to my home office to interview me for a story on paper clutter. (I’d post the link, except I haven’t found one yet.)
Looking at my office through his eyes, I saw all sorts of items that had made their way into the space that I’d barely even noticed. You can bet I put a little effort into tidying up my home office before he arrived. (I even bought some flowers!) That’s a picture of my desk that morning at the top of this post.
True confession: My desk looked great that day but as I look it this morning, two weeks later, it doesn’t look so great. As soon as I post this, I’m going to set a timer for 15 minutes and try to get it back into shape before the timer goes off.
I think I’ll succeed. The place looked ship shape within ten minutes!
Even if you’re not reading this on March 14, I encourage you to do this assessment of your office and then take action for just a little while to address a few things on the list. Because really, every day can be Organize Your Home Office Day, can’t it?