21 Ways to Simplify Your Home Office... on a budget

  1. Insert upcoming bills into your diary in the week that they’re due.
  2. Keep boxes for categories of items. For example, you might have a box for tech storage devices, another for stationery, another for envelopes and stamps.
  3. Use a wall calendar for an at-a-glance overview of your next 6-12 months.
  4. Remove any outdated or unused items from your desk and from the room.
  5. Create a device charging station that’s tidy and out of the way.
  6. Use drawer organisers to keep items separate. This will save you shuffling through multiple items to find the one you want.
  7. Keep goals front and centre on the wall or a vision board.
  8. Use checklists for important long-term goals that are broken up into a variety of tasks. Keep these checklists on the wall near your desk, that way you won’t lose them and you’ll see them daily.
  9. Photograph your receipts as you receive them. Then, email them to yourself or to your accounting software account so that you don’t have to remember to do it later.
  10. Batch tasks as much as possible. More on that in this blog post.
  11. At the end of each work session, clear anything off your desk that you placed there during the session, and return it to where it belongs.
  12. Consider using an electronic app for your to do list.
  13. Consider using an app for big projects. Using an app like Trello, you can break projects down into specific tasks and share the project board with a VA or partner for input and editing.
  14. Limit the amount of paper work on your desk – go electronic as much as possible, or keep important lists on the wall or in your diary.
  15. If you don’t like electronic lists, but don’t want lots of paper flapping around, consider using your diary to create your task lists. Write your to dos on the day that you intend to do them.
  16. Start a file for commonly asked questions and save your emails to it whenever you respond to one of these questions. You’ll be able to reuse much of the information going forward, plus you will find it useful if you want to outsource email administration to a VA.
  17. Use the Notes app on your phone to keep a running list of ideas. Rather than scribbling random ideas onto small pieces of paper that you’ll lose, pop them all into one giant Note and then you have them all together for later actioning or sorting.
  18. Consider upgrading your tools so that you can work more efficiently. Only if necessary though!
  19. Keep folders for information and paperwork that you can’t get rid of, but that you don’t need laying around. Archive these onto a high shelf or into a box in your storage area.
  20. Remove excess stationery items. Ask yourself if you really need 24 black pens and 15 red ones.
  21. Switch as many bills as you can to be emailed to you instead of mailed, and arrange for them to be paid automatically out of your account on the due date.Eva Van Strijp | simple living. peaceful parenting. intentional business.

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