During these uncertain economic times, businesspeople can start saving now by eliminating unneeded clutter that is costing them valuable time and adding to their overhead. In doing so, they'll feel calm and organized; ready to start 2009
Danville, Calif. (PRWEB) December 31, 2008
Mary Ann Pate, founder of A Timely Solution (http://www.atimelysolution.com), helps individuals keep their New Year's resolutions by getting rid of clutter and managing their work spaces more effectively.
"Getting organized is always among the top ten resolutions people make, but they often view it as overwhelming and expensive," says Pate. "We advise clients to take one step at a time and not purchase anything until they know what they already have. Chances are, they have what they need to make their work space orderly and efficient.
Pate advises workers to attack paper and electronic clutter first:
- Keep your desk top clear. Put project or action files where they will be easy to reach when you need them. Clear unnecessary items off your desk.
- Make decisions on papers and emails when you first read them. By deciding to keep or discard an item in your paper or email inbox when you first receive it, you will reduce the buildup of clutter. Look at it, decide to keep it or not, and move on.
- Keep only what you need. If you cannot think of a specific need for a document, rethink your decision to keep it. Statistics show that 80% of saved papers are never looked at again.
"Here's where it is imperative that every business have a retention policy," Pate notes. "It will ensure that everyone understands what needs to be kept and what can be tossed."
Once clutter is eliminated, Pate directs clients to look at how they are managing their offices:
- Be able to reach all items needed regularly throughout the day from your desk chair.
- Move anything that is used infrequently, but should be kept, elsewhere.
"Once you've dealt with the clutter, you should be able to decide how best to utilize the space; what furniture to use and what arrangement will allow you to be most productive. We recently worked with a client who emptied approximately 30 filing cabinets as we de-cluttered. Think of the space that freed up!"
"During these uncertain economic times, businesspeople can start saving now by eliminating unneeded clutter that is costing them valuable time and adding to their overhead. In doing so, they'll feel calm and organized; ready to start 2009," Pate concludes.
For more information about professional services to improve organization and productivity, visit http://www.atimelysolution.com.
About A Timely Solution
A Timely Solution founder Mary Ann Pate is an organizing and productivity consultant, past president of the San Francisco Bay Chapter of the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO), a productivity trainer and authorized consultant and a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She provides organizing assistance to individuals and businesses throughout the United States.
In addition to consulting services, Ms. Pate offers customized productivity workshops, based on clients' needs that include one-on-one follow-up sessions. She has presented to business professionals and community organizations, including John Muir Women's Health Center, Saint Mary's College, and the Contra Costa Association of Realtors. Detailed information is available at http://www.atimelysolution.com.
Barbara Lewis, Principal
Attention! Business Communications
for A Timely Solution
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