Spring Clean Your Way to Career Success: 12 Orderly Office Tips

Get rid of the weeds

When Jan mentioned a life-changing book, you were open. It was a Thursday and you had no plans for the weekend. But shortly after she hefted "Essential Redundancies"> onto your desk, denting a completely innocent pencil, the Jennings project took off and you rediscovered a passion for pottery. You skimmed. You yawned. You nudged it aside. And now it mocks your good intentions from a time-out corner on your desk.

Time's up. Return the book and its similarly borrowed brethren with a polite "Thank you." Suggest she give the book to Jim who keeps draining the coffee pot and never chips in for bagels.