Last month, I had to reorganize my work life. I pushed furniture around and brought in a large file cabinet and rearranged piles of paper into folders, notebooks and recycling bins. The inspiration for this was recent layoffs and taking on some new duties that were the final straw that broke my somewhat haphazard organizational back in my office.
After all the sorting and pushing around and punching of holes, I finally have an office that actually works for me.
The proof was this week when I had to do the 4-times-a-year migraine-inducing headache report on our programming topics. It's usually a few days of squinting at impossibly tiny print and chasing people in three different locations begging for information on their programs that has to be included in my report.
This time, I had all my information right there at my fingertips, organized in an easily accessible notebook - information both printed out and saved in the computer (losing information in the computer has been a recurring problem) and my report took a total of 2 hours to complete. TWO HOURS. Down from a few days.
Never underestimate the power of organization.
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