Well organized desk.

We’re back again highlighting another trait that is incredibly valuable to have as an employee. This week we’ll discuss the value of organization at work. Although it goes without saying, organizational skills play a big role in how you work. First, we’ll be discussing the benefits of being organized as well as a few tips to help get you organized if necessary.

The Benefits at Work

Firstly, the easiest way to understand the benefits of organization is to look at a daily routine. An organized employee will approach their daily tasks with a specific methodology. They will likely have a system to keep track of everything that needs doing, which will then enable them to prioritize the most important tasks. An organized employee isn’t likely to miss crucial deadlines or forget about a work assignment. Being organized also means you know where everything is. Understanding where files and other tools are located means that you won’t waste time searching.

From a broader perspective, organizational skills are crucial to make an employee a candidate for promotion. At their most basic, organizational skills enable to do your job more efficiently. In less specific terms, as you move up the company ladder there are more tasks and moving pieces to keep track of. A good manager needs leadership skills, but they also need to be organized. These are just a few examples of how valuable it is to be organized. Follow a few of the tips below and you’ll be on track to being a better and more efficient employee.

Getting Organized

The best place to start is by organizing your workspaces. This isn’t to imply that you work at two desks. What this means is organizing your physical workspace, and your virtual workspace. Both are equally important if you do a lot of work on a computer. Having a messy workspace will stress you out and also make it challenging to work in. Make a filing system for yourself so you don’t have papers lying around. This is something you should also do for your virtual documents. Make yourself a folder system, for both documents and emails.

Now that what you work on is organized, it’s time to organize how you work. Different systems work for different people, but what you ultimately want to do is keep track of everything you have to do, and which is higher priority. There are a number methodologies, apps, and devices that serve this purpose. Find what works best and put it to work for you. Personally, I like the incredibly simple 1-3-5 system  found on The Muse blog. If you’re looking for an easy way to prioritize your tasks, I’d recommend it. Finally, while these suggestions are incredibly basic, establishing a more advanced plan is best left up to you. We hope you found this information useful! If you’ve implemented a new plan, come back in a few weeks and let us how it went. Until then we’ll be back tomorrow with our weekly Link Roundup!