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Documenting Declutter: Organizing Chaos with Writer Wisdom

Have you ever found yourself drowning in an abundance of outdated manuals, confusing guides, and half-finished training documents while trying to run your business smoothly? Fear not, fellow professionals! In this post, we are going to tackle the art of decluttering your documentation with a touch of writerly magic. So, grab your favorite pen (or keyboard), and let's start this organizational journey together!


Shelf of Manuals and Documentation

Step 1: Embracing the Chaos

Before we dive into the depths of decluttering, let's take a moment to appreciate the beautiful chaos that comes with running a business, department, project, and/or staff. The stacks of reports, the scattered memos, the random post-it notes - they all have a place in the whirlwind that is your daily operations. Embrace the chaos as it is showing your brilliance!


Step 2: Sorting Through the Madness

Now, let's roll up our sleeves and get down to business. Start by sorting through your business essentials - guides, manuals, training documents, and let's not forget the endless supply of sticky notes. Separate the treasures from the trash, keeping only what truly sparks efficiency, need, and clarity.


Step 3: Writer Wisdom to the Rescue

As professionals in the field of writing - be it a technical writer, medical writer, training developer, editor, or the creative minds behind engaging content - they possess a unique set of skills that can be applied to the art of decluttering. Think of organizing your business materials as crafting the perfect narrative: every document should have a purpose, just like every word in your documentation.


Step 4: Crafting Your Business Symphony

It's time to put your writer wisdom to work! Create categories based on function - a section for policies, a hub for training materials, and a repository for operational procedures. Let your business documentation reflect the symphony of your organization, structured yet brimming with clarity and efficiency.


Organized and edited documents

Step 5: The Editor's Eye

Just like a skilled editor polishes a rough draft into a masterpiece, take a critical eye to your newly organized materials. Are there any redundancies that can be eliminated? Is there a better way to arrange your documents for maximum efficiency? Channel your inner editor and refine your materials until they shine with professional clarity.


Step 6: Maintaining the Order

Congratulations, you have successfully decluttered your business materials using the power of writer wisdom! But remember, organization is an ongoing process, much like the editing of a manuscript. Take a few moments at the end of each week/month or quarter to review and tidy up, ensuring that your materials remain a beacon of efficiency and productivity.


Writerly wisdom can be your guiding light in the journey of decluttering chaos. Embrace the mess, sort through the madness. Here is to ordered chaos and the magic of decluttering!


Happy organizing!


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