Fall is officially upon us. While we usually hear the term “spring cleaning,” we think fall cleaning is just as important. Try these tips to get your work space tidy and ready to take on the fall and winter seasons.
1. Clean and organize your work space
We’re approaching that time of year where the germs fly free. Take 10 minutes to take everything off your desk and clean it. Find a microfiber cloth to dust your computer and disinfect your keyboard, mouse and desk surface. After you give it a good wipe down, take some time to sort and organize what’s been taking over. Go through your files and choose what can stay and what needs to go. Find a home for those charging cords, stacks of papers, business cards, etc.! Having an organized desk will make your workday feel less stressful. Plus you’ll know where everything is when you need it.
2. Update your passwords
This sounds like a menial task, but it’s important to make sure your accounts are secure. Keeping your passwords updated helps keep your accounts safe. Hackers are real!
3. Clean up your inbox
You know that amazing feeling when there isn’t a number in parenthesis next to the “inbox” folder. It’s probably been a while, hasn’t it? Set aside some time to go through all those unread emails you’ve been ignoring. Delete what you don’t need, sort through the messages cluttering your inbox into folders to get your email organized.
4.Set up coffee with a contact
Do you have someone you work with often? Ask them to coffee (it is, after all, the lifeblood of our industries). Fall is the perfect time to reconnect with your contacts. Besides building on a professional relationship, this is an opportunity to update them on projects you’re working on and vice versa.
5. Refill your wallet or purse with business cards
You’ve spent all summer socializing, networking and passing out those business cards. Now is the time restock your wallet or purse, especially if you’ve seen a promotion since the last time you loaded up.
6. Refresh your LinkedIn profile
Set aside some time to clean up your LinkedIn profile. Update your experiences with your current work. Don’t forget to swap out your photo for a fresh head shot too! It’s important to keep your LinkedIn current so your connections know what you’re up to.
7. Check in on your reading list
The cooler evenings make the perfect excuse to cuddle up on the couch with a good book. This is a good time to check in on that reading list you’ve been putting off and pick a book off the shelf.
8. Review and refresh
Take a look at how far your client’s organization has come since the last time you checked. Fall is a good time to refresh needs.
9. Brush up on your skills
Check out the calendars of professional networks in your area. Sign up for an upcoming networking event!