Even the most fastidious neatniks can get so overwhelmed with work that it leaves their desks looking like a hurricane just swept through. However, based on a recent survey, a cluttered workspace may not be all that bad after all.
Roughly 66% of company managers in a recent poll said that they thought it was acceptable to have messy desk every once in awhile at the job, according to staffing services firm OfficeTeam. Additionally, 13% went so far as to say that it was an indication of being highly creative or original.
There are those who tend to be sticklers, however. Slightly less than 1 in 3 said that it's never OK to have a messy desk, suggesting that it doesn't speak well of a person's organizational skills.
"More than 1 in 10 managers says an unorganized desk suggests workers are creative."
Robert Hosking, OfficeTeam executive director, noted that business owners and employees should make it a priority to keep their desks as organized as possible, as it improves work productivity and engenders positive vibes in the office among co-workers.
"Although not everyone cares about how your desk looks, having a messy workspace could lead others to question your professionalism," said Hosking. "Keep your desk tidy and you'll be able to find what you need more quickly and increase your work efficiency."
No one gets their work done with the intention of being messy; it just happens as a result of poor workspace management. Classic desk organization mistakes include hoarding - not throwing something out, despite not using items for a lengthy period of time - over accessorizing, cleaning only on a bi-annual or quarterly basis and difficulty finding commonly used items like pens, notepads and important documents.
Some of the same practices you apply to your desk organization can also be used to get ready for tax filing season.
Choose a filing system and stick with it
Whether you use a color-coded system or coordinate documents alphabetically, determine the process that's the best fit for you and stick with it. If you don't know which one is best, try out a bunch of them to see which one optimizes your productivity.
If you want to get tax deductions, you'll need to corroborate what your business expenses are. Devote a folder to all things receipts, making sure that you note when the transactions were done and for how much if this information isn't immediately clear.
Gather all tax documents before beginning
Whether you're a business owner or employee, everyone gets tax information throughout the year. Whenever something comes in the mail that's tax-related, put it in a bin or folder that's devoted to tax filing.
For more information on how to keep organized throughout the year and especially during tax season, talk with an FBC tax professional.