The most important office storage space is the desk drawer. It may not seem special, it is just a drawer, but properly organized it becomes the best tool you have for becoming more productive at work. (No drawer? Use a small tray or storage box on your desktop.)
Here is what is in my drawer at the moment:
1. Highlighter Wheel 2. Small paperclips 3. Big clips 4. Bulldog clips-2 sizes 5. Scissors 6. Rubber bands 7. Hand crème 8. Lip gloss 9. Colgate Wisps 10. Page Flags 11. Pencil Sharpener 12. 2 Le Pens 13. 2 Regular Pens 14. 4 sharpened pencils 15. Sticky notes 16. Pain Reliever
When the warehouse discount centers first came out my father, known for his thrifty ways, became their best customer. With a family of 5 he was convinced that this was the answer to his hefty grocery bills. He came home with giant jars of maraschino cherries, pickles, even peperoncinis (and yes I checked the spelling on the last one). Our fridge was full; problem was there was nothing to eat. Who could subsist on maraschino cherries? Sure it’s fun at first, but eventually you crave real food. Unfortunately there wasn’t any room left in the fridge. My dad doesn’t buy much food in bulk these days, he’s learned his lesson there, but he does still buy office supplies in bulk. His desk drawers are full of huge tubs of paperclips, packs of number 2 pencils. He doesn’t have any more kids at home or in school so why so many pencils? Is he taking secret Scantron tests?
Office supplies are small and can be relatively inexpensive in bulk, but without a clear understanding of what you will really use, how often you will use it and how many you will use, you’re not saving. A tub of 3000 paperclips seems like a good deal until you can’t find it because you had to store it in the garage, then you buy another tub when you couldn’t find it, then you moved cross country and can’t find either tub. I’m not exaggerating, this really happens.
When you're feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty getting started, it helps to make a list. Get all that stuff in your mind down on paper. Limit yourself to one line per item, if you have a due date include that next to the item. Don't worry about priority or additional detail at this time, just get it on paper. Once you've finished, group items into categories by priority, then type, for example errands, calls, urgent, etc. Relief will come as you work through the list and cross things off. To read past Quick Tips click here