Thursday, January 31, 2008

Creating Your Office Space

Creating Your Office Space

When you look around your office or your work space what do you see? I believe there are certain “tools” that are a must for any work space:

A clock or a watch. I believe it’s very important to know how long you are investing in each task. If you’re writing an article, how long have you been writing that article? If you are placing ads, how long have you been sitting at your computer placing those ads? Perhaps you are speaking with folks on Instant Messenger. It’s amazing how much time can fly by when you are chatting with others. Having a clock or a watch lets you be accountable for your time.

Your calendar. I still keep my calendar offline. Many folks keep their calendars online. Either way, a calendar is a must. With your clock or watch, your calendar will help keep you on schedule. I write in both personal and business commitments. I don’t want to tell someone I’ll call them at 2 p.m. tomorrow if I have to be at my daughter’s school at 2:15 p.m. tomorrow.

Paper and pen. I believe you should have paper and pen everywhere. You should have paper and pen by your desk, by your bed, in your vehicle and for women that carry a purse, you should have paper and pen in your purse. Ideas come to us at all times, day and night. When we get ideas, we need to be able to jot down our thoughts, so that we can act on them later.

Your goal sheet. In order to know what needs to be accomplished today, you’ll need your goal sheet. Goal sheets can be detailed or they can be a simple task list. I believe goal sheets are very similar to road maps. Road maps tell us how to get where we need to go. If we’re on familiar roads, our map can be very simple. If we are on unfamiliar roads, we need a more detailed map.

A phone. It’s near impossible to run a business without a phone. I have both a home phone and a cell phone. I also have a calling card for my home phone. At one time I had a separate line for my business. Today, with calling card rates so low, I just use a calling card on my home phone. I know that calls made on the calling card are charged to the business.

My own work space also includes a bottle of water and my computer. I believe that with the above tools, you’ll be ready to make the most of each day as it comes to you.

Audrey :)

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