Do you work full-time from a home office? An organized workspace is key to working productively.
There are three main areas on which to focus your organizational efforts.
First your office space must function well. That means you need the supplies you use regularly, i.e. daily within arms reach. A cluttered work space will create too many distractions.
Things like your computer, phone and pens need to be close by and accessible. The three-hole punch that you rarely use and the 10-year supply of sticky notes should be stored so you can find them when needed but should not take up valuable real estate in your main work zone.
Paper will always keep coming in so you need a good filing system and a recycle can. Most paper you don’t need to hang on to. Either it is not important or you could find the information in another place if needed.
Your files could be alphabetical, chronological or use a purchased filing system. The ultimate goal is to easily find what you need so select what works for you and get into the habit of filing documents. Despite what some think, piles are not a filing system.
The last thing to consider is information processing. This is how you handle incoming email, phone calls and projects. Planning your schedule and prioritizing will help you keep control.