Each day, you’re probably running around quite a bit – at home, at work, and everywhere in between! It can make your life (and work) a lot easier if you plan ahead for how you can best use your on-the-go storage space – typically your car – to help you stay organized while on the run.
Plan for paper. If you have frequently used documents like sales sheets, flyers, brochures, etc., you want to have those handy wherever you happen to be. Keep a small portable file tote in your trunk – that way you can have folders for your docs handy at all times. Also, you probably should put a folder in there for receipts – you can drop your new expenses in there right away, and you’ll also be able to grab that whole folder and take it back to your office easily. No more lost receipts!
Stock supplies. What do you use regularly while on the go? For me, it’s filing supplies, a label maker (plus batteries and label tape), and some extra cables for doing tech work with clients. Keeping a stash of these things in the car makes it easier for me to do my job. If there are things that you need regularly during the course of your day, put a small stock of those supplies in your car’s storage area.
Carry cards! Keep a stock of business cards in your car. I can’t tell you how many networking events I’ve gone to where people tell me that they’ve given out their last card. If they had an extra box of cards in their car, they could replenish them easily and continue networking.
Use transportable storage. Store all this stuff in an easy-to-carry storage container – preferably one that takes up no more than 1/3 to ¼ of your available trunk space. You want the things you’re storing to be handy, but not to dominate your trunk. And if/when you need the entire trunk, you want to be able to grab everything, remove it from your trunk easily, and put it into your storage space or garage temporarily.
Edit and eliminate. The trunk, and the rest of the car by extension (glove box included!) often become dumping grounds for all sorts of stuff. Take a few minutes to remove the things that aren’t relevant in your car.
Prep your on-wheels office. What things do you need while on the go to get your work done? Put a stash of them in your car’s trunk to make it easy to stay productive on the road.
Pack (healthy) snacks. Put some non-perishable healthy snacks and drinks in your trunk, and you’ll be able to speed past the drive-thru knowing that you’ve got your snack needs covered.
Ready for anything? Your car’s trunk is a great place to keep a small version of an emergency kit. You can get ideas for what to keep there on the American Red Cross website.
How do you stay organized while on the go – whether in your car or on another form of transportation? Sound off in the comments.