In any marketing department or advertising agency, staying organized is an important part of making sure everything’s running smoothly. From keeping track of invoices to managing social media, strong organizational skills are a must.
Unfortunately, organization doesn’t come easily for everyone. The problem is most people think being organized is harder than it actually is. Most people avoid it then, making it even harder to be organized.
The number one way you can be more organized is by doing a little bit everyday. Set aside five minutes during your day whether it be first thing in the morning or right before you walk out the door to clean stuff up. Even if you make the simple effort to clear your desk off once a day, it will be a lot easier and more manageable than trying to do it at the end of the week.
Another great way to stay organized is to keep and maintain a planner or schedule. Personally, if I don’t write it down, I will forget, and having one place to keep all your important dates and deadlines is a great way to keep your desk from being covered in unreadable sticky notes. Keeping a planner will also give you a main source to store important information like passwords and wifi codes for when you need them.
A simple way to avoid clutter and disorganization is trying not to eat at your desk. Nothing gets in your way more than food and trash, and if you you have a coffee cup or a drink, make sure you have a lid. Nothing says a mess like a spilt cup of coffee.
Finally, remember that organization is not cleaning, it is simply an intentionally effort to arrange, prepare, or structure things. You may make the argument you like messy and you work in chaos. It is okay to be messy, but you can be messy and organized at the same time.
If your five minutes every day of organizing makes more piles and more paper, that is great as long as you get to all of your meetings on time and don’t lose track of that password. Everyone has a different method, just make an effort to find the best way for you to stay organized.