Get organized, get productive – Practical ways to gain greater productivity
A recent McKinsey report states that today’s workers spend 61% of their time managing work instead of doing it. How can you organize yourself to operate with greater ease and efficiency?
Organization is a state of mind
Don’t be fooled. Organizing isn’t just about appearances – it’s about functionality. Today’s clutter can mean more than a messy desk – even “time-saving” tools can slow you down if you’re not focused. Take a look at the following organizing insights into better work habits and examples of businesses that have learned how to structure information and processes to free up time and get more done.
How much is not being organized costing you?
21st century work habits can defy tidy description. After all, our work can take us anywhere, and vice versa, with an ever-increasing workload that goes where you go. Never before has organization of our work been more paramount – and we’re not just talking file drawers and business cards.
Bottom line: Disorganization can cost your business money in terms of lost leads, opportunities, and time and energy.
Good organization is about functionality
The best approach to organizing your business for better work habits and results is to forget almost everything you traditionally associate with cleaning house. That is, forego appearances: keep papers out where you need them; use white boards, bulletin boards or chalk boards to keep relevant data visible; and position office tools like computers and printers in easy-to-access open spaces.
Bottom line: identify what you need to get down to work and put it within arm’s reach.