5 Steps to Boost Your Efficiency and Improve Your Workflow

It’s the first month of a new year and we’re all thinking the same thing: we have to get started on the right foot and set the intention for 2021. We’re going to be more productive, we’re going to reach that next level in our careers, we’re going to take care of ourselves better—and we’re going to make it stick.

But, something that a lot of us don’t notice is that developing those intentions into real, true habits doesn’t happen overnight; and, a desire to change or adapt a new way of doing something isn’t enough to make it happen.

Instead, we need something else: organization. And we’re not just talking about cleaning all those coffee mugs off of your desk.

Over the summer, we had the chance to sit down with Janelle Williams, MPH, Professional Organizer, and Member of the National Association of Professional Organizers, who talked about one of the biggest reasons women in accounting can struggle with their productivity, workflow, and time management: clutter.

Clutter can be physical, like a messy workspace or a dirty kitchen sink now that we’re working from home.

But, there can also be digital clutter, like the constant dings from your phone and the unopened emails in your inbox, and emotional clutter, like thoughts that are weighing on your mind.