Life is an ongoing process and it’s fun to learn new things. Be sure to schedule time for your own professional development. Whether your profession requires you to take continuing education classes or not, it’s great to attend seminars and conferences. Being out of your office and interacting with others in your field will expand your capacity for personal growth, as well as cultivate your business.

One of my favorite types of professional development is the annual conference I attend with other professional organizers. We get to come together, attend seminars where we learn about new ways to develop ourselves and our services, and see new organizing products we can offer our clients. I always leave each conference renewed and motivated to continue to develop myself professionally.

I understand that professional development takes more than 10 minutes. Our professional organizing conferences are all day events. Just take this 10-minute time period to inquire about a professional development opportunity. Perhaps you can also make travel arrangements now.

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Can you take just 10 minutes to be quiet and read something while you are in your office?
It seems like we rarely read while at our desks, but it is important to keep up with reports, new ideas and concepts, and our own professional development. If 10 minutes a day isn’t enough time for you to stay current with the reading materials that come into your office, you are not alone. Take this time to schedule blocks of time where you are uninterrupted and can read to catch up with whatever seems most relevant.

I worked with one work-from-home mom who had all her reading material on a shelf above her desk and she was never catching up with what came in. We created a box of all the reading material she decided she really wanted to get to and she put the box in her bathroom, because at least there she was more likely to get uninterrupted reading time!

Do whatever it takes for you to create designated time to read. Just be sure to be realistic about how much you can catch up on. It’s probably unrealistic that you will be able to catch up on more than a couple of months of reading material. More is always arriving!

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 26: Designated Time for Filing

August 11, 2014

Having a daily or weekly time for filing is more important than you may realize. Usually, if you are filing regularly, the papers that need to be filed are active, current work. When you work with multiple current clients, their papers need to get back into their folders so that they are not lost in […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 27: Look Around: What Works Well For You?

August 4, 2014

Most often, new clients want to tell me about all the things that aren’t working for them in their office. Today’s tip has you focus on what IS working. Do you like where your desk is located? My desk is in a bright, sunny bay window looking out onto my back yard. Could you relocate […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 107: Hire a Professional Organizer

June 23, 2014

You have made it this far, congratulations! Now that you have done all that you can do, if you feel you still need an extra organizational boost, hire a Professional Organizer. Professional Organizers exist to help you reduce your clutter, create organized systems, and increase your productivity. Any organizing job will get done faster and […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 106: Assemble an Emergency Supply Kit

June 16, 2014

Recommended Items To Have In An Emergency Supply Kit: • Water: one gallon of water per person per day for at least three days, for drinking and sanitation • Food: at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food • Can opener for food • Mess kits, paper cups and plates, plastic utensils, paper towels • […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 105: Document Office Procedures

June 9, 2014

Creating a procedures manual will help you do repetitive as well as rarely performed tasks efficiently and consistently. It will also allow others to perform these tasks correctly in the event someone is out of the office, or when there is employee turnover. The best way to document a task is while you are performing […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 104: Coupons, Gift Cards, and Gift Certificates

June 2, 2014

Where do you keep all your coupons, gift cards, and gift certificates? Some of my clients remember having received a wonderful gift card or certificate but then they can’t find it. What I recommend is keeping the coupons, gift cards, and gift certificates that you are likely to use in the next week to month […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 103: Greeting Cards

May 26, 2014

Depending on what type of work you do in your office, more than likely you will have a few greeting cards on hand for the important thank you or birthday card that needs to be sent. Some people love to buy cards, then don’t create a proper way to store them so that they are […]

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10 Minute Tidy Office Tip 102: Photos

May 20, 2014

Do you procrastinate about transferring photos from your camera to your computer? Like all organizing projects, this takes time but is rewarding in the end. Create new folders on your computer or on the Internet for each event that you take photos of. Whether it’s a wedding or birthday party, the photos will be easier […]

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