Let’s picture a typical home office for the busy, overwhelmed individual… mail in a pile on the kitchen counter (not even in the office,) late bills because they were lost on your desk, no office maintenance etc. If this is your office, read on.
The first problem with a disfunctional home office is that there is no system. Good office maintenance will help you keep both your desk and money in order, allowing you to spend less time in it and less time stressing. I’m the kind of person to walk into a messy room and say “oh my gosh, BYE!” Nothing is going to get done like that!
Office Maintenance; Manage Your Workspace and Your Money
Set up a good working system.
Get rid of the chaos and keep it gone by setting up a good working system.
Clear your desk. Clutter is bad.
Set up separate systems for ‘incoming’ and ‘outgoing.’
Make a place for everything.
Organize your money.
Just like your desk you need to separate your money into ‘incoming’ and ‘outgoing.’
Always know how much money is coming in and going out to keep yourself from overspending, especially if you don’t budget wisely. If you’d like to know why budgeting is important, read this. Meanwhile, whether it’s on your computer, phone, or desk pad, keep track of those expenses and your income. Use a computer spread sheet and never forget to analyse your expenses at the end of each month when you reconcile the bank.
It’s getting easier and easier for us to go paperless, and thank goodness! Less mail is good! Find out which of your bills have paperless options and keep track of those due dates. This way you’re less likely to miss a payment, lose a bill, or forget you had that credit card completely!
- don’t keep anything you don’t need, like paper work or office supplies.
- add some nice decor to give the space a good atmosphere
- keep a coaster on the desk and a towel in the drawer for spills. We all drink coffee or tea while we work, and spills happen.
- use a money app