Organizing Challenges Mini Challenges: Getting Paper in Order This week we’re focusing on getting our paper in order. Here goes… 1. Day 1 - Vow to move ahead. Paper piles are essentially “delayed decisions.” We’re not sure what to do with it, so it ends up being put aside “just for now.” This happens again and again, until it turns into a pile. Vow to make the necessary decisions about the paper, and the piles will disappear. 2. Day 2 - Every home needs a filing cabinet. Filing cabinets are not just for offices outside the home. Every home needs one. In addition, the metal inserts for hanging files are a must. Once you have a filing cabinet, you now have a place for all current papers. 3. Day 3 - Clear the surface. It’s important to sort through paper on a clear surface. Be sure it’s free of all papers before you begin. 4. Day 4 - Schedule sorting time: Yes, put this TO DO on your calendar just like any other important appointment…preferably 15 minutes each weekday so it doesn’t pile up. 5. Day 5 - Schedule and sort. Every single day, sort through 10 sheets of paper. Make an appointment to do this...it should only take about 10 minutes. Sort as follows: A) Do it: If there’s an action you need to take, do it and then either get rid of or file that sheet of paper, B) Delay it: Meaning put it in your filing cabinet or Tickler File to reference, c) Delegate it: Give it to someone else to handle or D) Dump it: Recycle it right now. Hint: If you haven’t been looking for it lately, there’s a good chance it can be recycled. 6. Day 6 - Make a Tickler File. In it’s simplest form, a Tickler File is a 31-day filing system that “reminds” you when a sheet of paper needs to be accessed, and keeps it safe for you in that day’s folder when you’re ready to access it. Learn how to put together a “kicked up” Tickler File in my book, Finally Organized, Finally Free for the Home. 7. Day 7 - Go paperless. As you’re sorting, make a list of anything you come across that you need, BUT that you can get delivered digitally, like bills, magazines, insurance reports, etc. Then, contact the appropriate company to make it happen. Less paper automatically means less clutter.
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Organizing Challenges Mini Challenges: Getting Paper in Order This week we’re focusing on getting our paper in order. Here goes… 1. Day 1 - Vow to move ahead. Paper piles are essentially “delayed decisions.” We’re not sure what to do with it, so it ends up being put aside “just for now.” This happens again and again, until it turns into a pile. Vow to make the necessary decisions about the paper, and the piles will disappear. 2. Day 2 - Every home needs a filing cabinet. Filing cabinets are not just for offices outside the home. Every home needs one. In addition, the metal inserts for hanging files are a must. Once you have a filing cabinet, you now have a place for all current papers. 3. Day 3 - Clear the surface. It’s important to sort through paper on a clear surface. Be sure it’s free of all papers before you begin. 4. Day 4 - Schedule sorting time: Yes, put this TO DO on your calendar just like any other important appointment…preferably 15 minutes each weekday so it doesn’t pile up. 5. Day 5 - Schedule and sort. Every single day, sort through 10 sheets of paper. Make an appointment to do this...it should only take about 10 minutes. Sort as follows: A) Do it: If there’s an action you need to take, do it and then either get rid of or file that sheet of paper, B) Delay it: Meaning put it in your filing cabinet or Tickler File to reference, c) Delegate it: Give it to someone else to handle or D) Dump it: Recycle it right now. Hint: If you haven’t been looking for it lately, there’s a good chance it can be recycled. 6. Day 6 - Make a Tickler File. In it’s simplest form, a Tickler File is a 31- day filing system that “reminds” you when a sheet of paper needs to be accessed, and keeps it safe for you in that day’s folder when you’re ready to access it. Learn how to put together a “kicked up” Tickler File in my book, Finally Organized, Finally Free for the Home. 7. Day 7 - Go paperless. As you’re sorting, make a list of anything you come across that you need, BUT that you can get delivered digitally, like bills, magazines, insurance reports, etc. Then, contact the appropriate company to make it happen. Less paper automatically means less clutter.
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