Professional organizer Monica Ricci helps people simplify their chaotic lives through her company Catalyst Organizing Solutions in Georgia. She teaches people how to simplify their lives by de-cluttering their homes and streamlining their office spaces. She has been showcased as the expert organizer on several episodes of HGTV's MISSION: Organization. Monica has been a speaker at National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) conferences and moderates two popular online forums. As a motivational speaker, she presents seminars on time management, overcoming procrastination and getting organized. Some of her clients include Earthlink, Longhorn, US Court of Appeals, and GE Capital.
Whether you work in a plush, high-rise corner office, in a cube, or out of your home, chances are you spend a great deal of your life in your office. Creating a work environment that fosters productivity is important. If you find yourself overwhelmed, procrastinating, mired in paperwork, ineffective, unproductive, and not nearly as successful as you know you could be, office chaos has taken over. You're not alone, however. Many business people complain of feeling the same way you do and disorganization is a common challenge that crosses all boundaries.
The In No Time series of books is designed to help you tackle any challenging task, using a step-by-step approach to accomplishing your goal. I've written this book in a straight-forward, simple style, and I've included plenty of photos, illustrations, and specific recommendations so you can move through the process of organizing your office quickly and efficiently. Organize Your Office In No Time will help you determine what kind of office organization will work best for you, how to quickly customize your office to match that organization, and how to keep it organized without sacrificing your day to maintenance. You'll get simple, practical solutions without being told that there is one "right" way to organize your office. And I offer you several organizational options, so you can choose the ones that best fit your personality and work style.
This book will teach you
Many people say, "I wasn't born an organizer", which might be true, but you weren't born knowing how to walk, either. Like walking or any other skill, the ability to organize is something you can learn. And like any other skill, parts of it will come easily to you and some other parts might not, but in the end, you will have learned something new and valuable. This book is for you if
You might already be effective and productive at work and have organizational systems in place that work for you, which is terrific! Even if that's the case, however, chances are you have a few areas where you know you could improve and you just need some ideas to get you there. If so, this is the right book for you, too.
To help you quickly find the areas you need most, Organize Your Office In No Time is divided into four main parts.
Part I, "Getting Started," is a 30,000-foot view of your organizing project. Taking this big-picture, overview approach in the beginning will help you create a plan to work from that will ultimately result in your creating the office you desire. You'll learn your primary work style, decide your goals for your office space, learn how to create the framework for the space, and some time management tips to increase your effectiveness.
Part II, "Organizing Your Files," teaches you how to store, retrieve, and manage informationboth paper and electronicto keep you organized and in control. This section will also give you a range of filing system ideas and product reviews that will not only give you a jump start before you purchase, but will reduce your research time considerably.
Part III, "Organizing Your Desk," explores many viable options for organizing your desk, computer, and email; managing your contacts; and staying organized when traveling. You'll be amazed at how easy it is to use technology to become and remain organized.
Part IV, "Simple Storage Solutions," delves into helping you find the overlooked but useful storage spaces in your office, such as the vertical space on walls, doors, and furniture. You will also learn how to make effective use of offsite storage facilities for archival records and nonessential items and information.
This book won't take you long to read and you should feel welcome to skip around to the chapters that interest you most. It is designed so you can use the table of contents to pinpoint the areas you are most interested in learning about. I do recommended that you read Part I so you can have a starting point to create your organizing plan. However, if all you need are tips on filing or email management, you can certainly single out those sections to read first so you can get right to work and see results quickly. In addition, each chapter in Parts II and III of this book is a self-contained unit of information, so if a certain topic doesn't apply to you or you already have a handle on that part, there is no need for you to spend time on that chapter.
When you organize one area of your life, other problem areas often improve on their own. For example, when you unclutter and organize your space, you might find that your time management improves because you don't waste time looking for things. And when your time management improves, you're better able to focus on your priorities because you aren't so rushed. And when you focus on your priorities, you become more productive and effective! And when you're more productive and effective at work, you can be less stressed and more happy at home. So you can see how improving just one area of your life can directly affect other areas in a positive chain reaction.
Also, when you begin to organize one area of your office, your results motivate you to continue the process.
You can certainly read this book from cover to cover, but what I really want you to do is use it as a how-to manual for organizing the various aspects of your office. You might find that after you read Part I, have determined your primary work style, laid out the overview for your office, and begun thinking about the end result, you are so excited that you just want to dive in and get started before reading any further. Go for it!
I've done my best to arrange the material in this book so you can zero in on what you need. So, I've added some special elements to help you spot information:
I've also included four special icons to help draw your attention to specific types of information:
I know that if you are reading this book, you are probably overwhelmed by your current situation. This book is designed to help you get over the stumbling blocks that have been in your way until now.
Her down to earth organizing tips were very helpful to me in my Organization project of my office.
"Organize Your Office in No Time" is filled with great ideas and easy to understand tips and tricks for organizing my workspace and I highly recommend it.
Readers will welcome the detailed suggestions, with pointers on the best organizing products to acquire and where to get them.
Monica Ricci is practical, down-to-earth and real. The strategies and helpful hints in this book are easy to implement and simply make sense. Read morePublished on March 19, 2010 by V. Thornton
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I loved this book. It is comprehensive yet easy to follow.
Got great ideas and solved some of my organizing issues.
Highly recommended for the do-it-yourself organizer.