A lot of us work from home. For instance, even though I have my workshop, I carry a lot my painting and artwork back home so that I can work at my own leisure and mood. Just a cup of coffee, some good music and the comfort of my home motivates me to do better. There are times when my office space gets cluttered with papers and paints, brushes and catalogue books and it doesn’t help me achieve my agenda. To avoid such clutter, I have gathered a few quick practices and no matter what, I abide by them.
Cables and Wires – what a mess!
a) All the cables that are connected to the computer or speakers or TV can be categorized and bundled up in groups. For example, keep computer speaker wires with stereo speaker wires.
b) Some times you do not need all the cables, hence tag them and store them well. Don’t forget to label the cords that connect different components.
Position of Peripherals
a)Position your equipment by frequency of use. If the printer is used daily, it should be within easy reach.
b) When setting up hardware, be conscious of access to drives, trays and cords. Don’t block access to drawers or take up leg room with tangled cords.
Do have an Activity Centre?
The efficient office should be zoned into activity areas:
a) The Work Area: This is a clear workspace, the computer and frequently used office products
b) The Reference Center: which includes binders, manuals, dictionary and professional books and materials. In my case, my refernce centre is paints and brushes, varnishes…etc. I have a small collection of reference books which I need as and when. Determine your reference area in your study or office.
c) The Supply Center: This area is widely used. It needs to be segregated very well. This contains office and paper supplies.
Project Files, Reciepts and Rough Work...
a) Create an area for storing your current project files and paper work.
b) Establish a permanent filing system for papers you will reference, but not on a regular basis.