Being disorganized can make you feel scattered, ineffective and edgy. You feel like you run out of work hours before you run out of work, and the effect is stressful and frustrating. Getting and staying organized can work wonders on your psyche and your performance, making you more effective at your job and can create a healthier and more relaxed work environment.
Getting a grip on your time use through organization can make a world of difference in how you view your job. Good time management skills help you prioritize your work tasks and ensure you’re taking a strategic approach to handling everyday responsibilities. Time management helps you stay focused, which makes you a more productive and contributing team member and employee. The better organized you are, the better you are able to handle multiple tasks and take on additional responsibilities.
The more organized you are, the better equipped you are to create detailed, effective project plans. Project plans can help you outline an approach to an undertaking, estimate budgets, plan human resources needs and develop deadlines to keep projects on-track. This can be especially helpful in developing long-term projects as well as implementing key aspects of corporate strategic planning.
When you’re organized at work, you’re better positioned to set goals for yourself that reach above and beyond the typical parameters of your everyday job duties. While workplace organization helps you devise strategies for serving your employer, colleagues and customers, it also gives you a better perspective on your personal long-term career objectives and helps you establish attainable goals. This is a benefit in terms of career planning and development, and simultaneously makes you a vital asset to your employer.
If you spend a significant amount of your work day looking for lost files, rushing from one meeting to another or trying to cross tasks off your daily “to-do” list, it can increase your stress level. Having good organizational skills helps reduce the amount of time you spend on nonessential tasks and allows you to focus more effort on performing your job duties. Being able to track your work projects effectively helps you maintain control over your professional performance, which can be beneficial to your career in the long run.
Lisa McQuerrey has been a business writer since 1987. In 1994, she launched a full-service marketing and communications firm. McQuerrey's work has garnered awards from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the International Association of Business Communicators and the Associated Press. She is also the author of several nonfiction trade publications, and, in 2012, had her first young-adult novel published by Glass Page Books.