As the holiday season comes to an end and a new year begins, our thoughts often turn to resolutions, improvements and the reorganization of our homes, our workplaces, our habits, our lives. Luckily, January is full of events that will help you stay on track.
First of all, the entire month of January is Get Organized Month. You’ve got a whole 31 days to organize the chaos of the last 365 and get ready for the rest of 2013. I don’t know about you, but that sounds exhausting. I think I’ll declare February “Relaxation Month.”
Then, from January 6-12, get ready for Home Office Safety and Security Week. For those of you fortunate enough to work from home during the cold winter month of January, now’s the time to address the Christmas Story-esque power strip that occasionally dims the lights in your house and to hide a year’s supply of emergency chocolate kits around your home.
January 14 is National Clean Off Your Desk Day. Hopefully, 24 hours will be enough time for the “office hoarders” among us. Interestingly enough, a whole week (January 20-26) is dedicated to cleaning out your inbox. Now, here’s the generation-defining question of the day: when you read “inbox,” did you think of a tray on a desk or your email inbox? Either way, you’ve got a whole week to sort through your physical and/or digital inbox.
Finally, after all this exhausting organizational effort, January 25 is Fun at Work Day. Perhaps, and this is merely a suggestion, you can take all the items you’ve cleaned off your desk and distribute them to your coworkers’ (physical) inboxes–that would be fun, right?
If you need some help getting started, here are some books from the library, neatly organized by title, of course:
- “The 8-minute Organizer: Easy Solutions to Simplify Your Life in Your Spare Time” by Regina Leeds
- “Home Office Solutions: Creating the Space That Works for You” by Lisa Kanarek
- “Organizing From the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office, and Your Life” by Julie Morgenstern
- “Pretty Neat: The Buttoned-up Way to Get Organized & Let Go of Perfection” by Alicia Rockmore
If something more interactive is your thing, here are some programs offered at the Columbia Public Library that might be helpful.
Surf the Web Safely
Monday, January 7, 2013 › 3-4 p.m.
Fearful of phishing? Skeptical about security? Puzzled by passwords? Soured by spam? Learn how to safeguard your information and protect yourself from online evil-doers.
Simple Steps for a New You
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 › 7-8 p.m.
Jessica Myers, RD, LD will focus on small but meaningful changes that can help you lose weight and eat better in the new year. Get tips for grocery shopping, dining out and increasing activity.
Google Drive Demystified
Thursday, January 31, 2013 › 7-8:30 p.m.
If you want a free way to create documents, to work on a project with people living in different places or to access your files no matter where you are, then Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) may be the solution you are looking for. This free web-based alternative to Microsoft Office is an easy way of sharing and collaborating via the Internet. A basic understanding of the Internet and a Gmail account are required.