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Al_Gore_s_Biggest_Fault__Office_Organization

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									Al Gore's Biggest Fault: Office Organization

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Summary:
Don't be like Al Gore. Certainly the man has some endearing qualities.
He's charismatic, a strong speaker, and a knowledgeable man who has no
problem sharing his intellect with the world. But have you seen his
office? Go ahead. Google Al Gore, and you will see one of the scariest
pictures you've ever witnessed on the internet. There Al sits, in the
middle of his office, staring at the three computer screens panned across
one side of his corner desk. But then again, maybe that...


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Don't be like Al Gore. Certainly the man has some endearing qualities.
He's charismatic, a strong speaker, and a knowledgeable man who has no
problem sharing his intellect with the world. But have you seen his
office? Go ahead. Google Al Gore, and you will see one of the scariest
pictures you've ever witnessed on the internet. There Al sits, in the
middle of his office, staring at the three computer screens panned across
one side of his corner desk. But then again, maybe that's not a desk.
It's hard to tell with the papers stacked up to Mr. Gore's earlobes.
Ironically, we can all relate. We've all seen offices juts like this, and
many of them have a single-word label for them: ours.

If any office needs organizing, it's the home office. Al Gore most likely
has paid staff to keep him on track, and thus he can live with a
disorganized office. But the typical home business owner does not have
that option. He has no line item for "administrative assistant," and
rarely does his wife count as a staff member. She doesn't want to deal
with his mess either. Disorganized and messy offices reflect the mind of
the individual working in them, and they represent the lack of discipline
and poor business management of that individual as a whole. So how can we
remedy the problem.

Home office organization begins with a three-decision process. The home
business owner must start by taking everything out of the office, even
the cricket that's been chirping behind the copy machine for the past
three years. Once he has everything out of the office, the home business
owner should make a decision on every item in the business. It's time to
make piles. He should create a throw pile, a give away/sell pile, and a
keep pile. At this point the home business owner may well need help from
his unpaid administrative assistant, also known as his wife. She will
help him make wise decisions. No, he does not need to keep the empty beer
bottle that he and his buddy bought to celebrate their first dollar
earned. Yes, he needs to keep the receipts for his most recent computer
purchase.
Finally, the home business owner must invest in some quality home
organization tools. This may include shelves, a set of filing cabinets,
and a general organizer. The administrative assistant can help with the
organizing of the random materials leftover after the office culling. The
organization system should pass a two-prong test, however. It must make
sense to the one who runs the business, and it must make sense in
general, meaning that if anyone needed to find a file, should the
business owner reach an untimely demise, then those who love him most
should be able to find what they need to either continue business or
close accounts and shut the business down properly.

We can learn a great deal from Al Gore. Greenhouse gases are bad. They
destroy the environment. We need to do something to improve our carbon
footprint. And if we can't afford a paid administrative assistant for our
home business, we need to keep our offices in order and not be like Al
Gore.

								
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