Neilson polled over 500 Americans in 2015 to learn more about their resolutions for the year ahead. Fitness and health topped the poll, while better budgeting and wanting to spend more time with family were also popular options. However, a significant amount of respondents resolved to get organized in the year ahead. In light of this, we’ve put together our top tips for organizing your office for the New Year.
Sick of having to navigate through stacks of paper? Fed up of filing? Let me introduce you to Evernote and its sister app ‘Scannable.’ Both apps let you go paperless, while ensuring your notes, important documents and details are to hand, searchable and available on every device you own. Handy when you’re out and about.
Use the Scannable app to photograph receipts and file them away in Evernote until you need them. You can even invite your accountant to view the relevant Evernote folder when it comes to filing your taxes, everything is neat and ordered by date, in one place.
Evernote even process your receipt photographs and makes all text searchable. Lost a particular receipt? Need to find a particular transaction? Simply search using the app. No more shuffling through reams of paper!
In terms of teamwork, Evernote can be used to plan projects with colleagues. Workmates can collaborate in real-time, using the inbuilt chat function.
…If paperless isn’t your style – We have hundreds of journals, notebook, and file organizers to choose from! Check them out here.
Do you need help with time management? Perhaps you need to set goals for the year ahead, or plan new projects so they don’t get put to one side? If so, consider purchasing a large wall planner and hanging it above your desk.
A wall planner will provide an overview of the year ahead. It’ll help you see, at a glance, which projects are on the horizon.
Yes – you could go paperless by using a calendar app on your smart phone, or invest in a diary or Filofax, but then you have to develop a habit of checking it every single day. By putting a wall planner above your desk, all of your plans and appointments are right there, in your eye line, as you walk into the office.
Related: Shop calendars & wall planners.
Getting Things Done system
Getting Things Done® (GTD) is a framework for organizing work and projects. It can also be used at home too, for example with home improvement or personal development tasks.
Instead of keeping ideas in your head, you capture them by recording them, either in an app like Asana, or using a physical folder with scraps of paper. Then, you process the ideas/tasks and organize them based on the GTD criteria, before deciding on which tasks you’ll work on first. You follow the “workflow” for every single idea that pops into your head. It helps you take action on new projects, while potentially valuable ideas do not get lost or forgotten. We’ve only briefly touched on the system and its many benefits, you can learn more on the GTD website, here.
We’d like to hear your tips too:
Whether you’re just starting your quest for organization or you’re a pro – we’d love to hear how you’re vowing to be more organized and productive in 2016. Scroll down to the comments section below and have your say!