Whether you’re tough on clutter or struggling to find the surface of your desk, your organizational personality is all your own. Office organization is an art, after all.
Take this quiz to learn a bit more about what your individual office style says about you:
1. How do you organize your daily schedule?
A. My calendar is blocked out down to the hour, detailing all the tasks I need to complete.
B. I try to batch similar tasks like calls or meetings and make uninterrupted time in my day for things like writing and strategy.
C. I organize my day around my three most important tasks, and focus on those until they’re done.
D. Any meetings that I attend are blocked out, and I use the rest of my time to power through my to-do list.
E. I’m not big on schedules, so I just focus on getting my work done.
2. I keep my latest project ideas…
A. Organized in a searchable project database.
B. Written on a whiteboard in my office.
C. In a Moleskine notebook that I carry with me everywhere.
D. Anywhere that’s convenient, from scrap paper to sending myself an email.
E. In my head — and I refer back to my files of past projects when I need inspiration.
3. What’s the ideal wall decoration for your office?
A. A calendar and a whiteboard.
B. A bold, abstract print that adds a hint of color.
C. A soothing nature scene.
D. A tongue-in-cheek motivational poster.
E. A piece of company history, like a team photo from the last retreat.
4. My coworkers stop by my desk to…
A. Get a status update on the latest project.
B. Brainstorm solutions to the project they’re working on.
C. Talk about ways to eliminate distractions or declutter their desk.
D. Chat and get the latest news on the company’s movers and shakers.
E. See if I remember the name of a contractor we used for a project five years ago.
5. How do you keep track of important documents that you need?
A. I keep two copies in carefully labeled, color-coded folders, one digital and one physical.
B. My most critical documents are stored in a single space, like a digital portfolio or a decorative cabinet.
C. I store a copy on the team drive, so everyone can access it.
D. It’s in a pile on my desk. No one else could find it, but I know exactly where it is.
E. I keep everything. Finding it might take some time, though!
6. My boss would ask me to…
A. Run our team meetings and keep everyone on task.
B. Organize a memorable customer event that would make an impact.
C. Design a strategy to move all of our paper files to a digital storage system.
D. Remember everyone’s birthdays and make sure we celebrate them in style.
E. Track down a report from five years ago that no one else kept a copy of.
7. If you could have one personal item on your desk, what would it be?
A. My fitness tracker.
B. A framed image of my favorite vacation location, whether it’s a European city or a tropical beach.
C. A plant, to add a splash of nature and fresh air.
D. A picture of my family and friends.
E. Something from my favorite hobby, like a Disney mug or an action figure.
8. My favorite piece of technology is my…
A. Smartphone. It stores all the important details of my life.
B. Sound system. I love listening to music while I work.
C. Shredder. It keeps the clutter at bay.
D. Instant messaging app. It keeps me connected to everyone in the office and lets me quickly track down information.
E. Portable hard drive. It lets me take all my documents everywhere I go.
A — The Organizer: You’re a master of systems and can keep yourself (and everyone around you) on task, on schedule and on budget. You’re always on the lookout for a new app, technology tool or office device that can help you make more happen.
B — The Creative: You’re an ideas person, bringing a creative touch and unique flair to everything you do. You experiment with new ways to organize your office and add personality and color to your space.
C — The Minimalist: You hate clutter, and you have a system that works for you. From whiteboards to white space, you’re always looking for ways to be more efficient with your office organization. You do your best work in a minimalist office that’s simple and stylish.
D — The Rebel: From the outside, your desk might look a little disorganized. But your systems make sense to you, and you can find anything (even if you’re a bit of an organizational rebel). Experimenting with new tools and systems makes you efficient and frees up time for a little more fun in your day!
E — The Pack Rat: If you’ve worked on a project, been copied on a document or been given a piece of branded swag at an event, it’s in your office. Your colleagues know you have a copy of everything, even if it takes you time to find it. Recently, you may have spent more time looking at organizational systems, as your paper stacks continue to get taller!
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