Nobody can thrive in chaos, and when it comes to your place of employment, it is imperative to organise it to stay productive.
When you think of organisation, while it involves cleanliness and proper order in your filing cabinet and on your desk, it actually goes far beyond that.
Organisation truly refers to a well-run machine, which does not only apply only to things, but also employees and overall operations.
When the entire workplace is organised and things run smoothly, then and the company succeeds.
Improve your organisation skills with these tips:
One of the most important things when it comes to organisation skills is time management.
Time, itself, is a commodity that needs to be used wisely.
As such, leaders must learn ways to maximise the use of their time, and teach those skills to their staff, so that they know how to get their tasks done on time, prioritise the most important responsibilities, and run effective meetings.
Managers tackle many issues at once, be it financial planning, human resource problems, growth strategies and more.
As such, there are many different materials, files, emails and notes relating to different areas of management.
It is essential to properly organise all of these items to be able to store and track them, pull them up when needed and share them with others.
Whether these are physical materials or e-documents, creating a filing system and setting up sharing options is essential to staying productive.
Organisation does not only refer to the present moment, but planning for the future as well.
In order to stay competitive in the business market, it is imperative for managers to always think of the future and prepare the needed funds, resources, team members and materials to tackle issues or simply manage change.
A great idea to stay organised and on top of everything is to make lists.
Lists can help you generate new ideas, keep track of your to-do list or simply remind you of a phone call you need to make or a conversation you need to have.
Start Your Day Earlier
You may be exhausted from a previous long day, but making it a habit to come to the office early can actually help you stay organised.
When you come in at the same time as your team members, you are often accosted with requests, problems and chitter-chatter around the office.
However, when you are the first one in, you have the space and time to plan ahead and devote time to the tasks you need to help you and your team have a productive day.
Senior Management Trainer and Consultant
Originally published: 12 July, 2018