As an administrative professional, you’re responsible for organizing big projects for your team and executive, keeping to-do lists in order, and completing complex tasks and assignments.
Completing all of these responsibilities efficiently and effectively can be a challenge…and organizing all of the information is half the battle!
There is something that can make it all a little easier, and chances are it’s already in your desk: Post-it® Products!
A recent survey, conducted by the Post-it® Brand found that 84% of office workers feel they are more likely to remember a work task if it is written on a Post-it® Note rather than sent through a digital reminder. The survey also found that 62% of office workers prefer to manage their to-do list on a piece of paper rather than through a computer or digital device. And despite the rise of the digital office, the Post-it® Note is still an office staple. In fact, the study found that office workers, on average, use 30 Post-it® Notes per week!
I’ve found all of these statics to be valid for how I work most effectively, too. And recently, I discovered the Post-it® Dry Erase Surface which has become the perfect solution in combination with Post-it® Notes for brainstorming, idea organizing, priority setting, and keeping me more organized on a weekly basis.
My organization style is to have everything out where I can see it. The Post-it® Dry Erase Surface covers the entire length of my office wall above my desk. I can quickly add notes or create lists to keep things visual. I also like to post motivational quotes and positive reminders. It’s easy to update or change things on a daily basis. It keeps my weekly priorities in front of me which has helped me work with more focus.
My approach to project management or accomplishing big goals has always been to break it down into smaller sections and identify the specific tasks required for each section. This can become frustrating and hard to follow on paper or spreadsheets alone, so I like to use Post-it® Notes for capturing the individual tasks for each group of my project and even color-coding it to make it more visual.
Once you have several Post-it® Notes with tasks written on them, it’s easier to move them around so you can logically organize and group them together. I use my file cabinet drawers or Post-it® Dry Erase Surface for posting these notes to think through the details and add order to the project flow before I enter it into our project management tool for execution. These tools have been extremely useful in keeping me organized and on top of everything I have to do, and I suspect there are ways you can use them in your admin career, too.
It’s no secret that assistants are connoisseurs of office supplies and Post-it® Products are definitely an office favorite. So if you’re in need of a little help managing and organizing your next project or assignment, I highly recommend looking to this office mainstay!
Check out the below infographic for more information on how office organization and access to helpful office supplies contribute for efficiency and productivity:
*The Post-it® Brand Office Organization survey was conducted by Wakefield Research (www.wakefieldresearch.com) among 1,000 full-time U.S. office workers in 2015, using an email invitation and an online survey.
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Julie Perrine’s latest book, The Organized Admin, will be released early this Spring. For more information visit TheOrganizedAdmin.com.
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