The typical office has stacks of papers but not all of them
can be classified as active. Active means that an action is still required. It
is a bill you need to pay, a proposal you need to read, a project you need to
weigh in on and so forth.
Always begin paperwork organizing with your most
current stacks of papers. While you may have older materials, you don’t want to
miss any deadlines or forget to pay bills because you are bogged down sorting
Begin to get a grip on paperwork by separating
out active paperwork from all the rest, which may include things like catalogs,
reference materials, things to be filed, junk mail and so on.
Sort active paperwork into like kinds: Bills to
pay, individual projects, materials to read etc.
workable storage solution for active paperwork. Stacking in piles is a sure way
to lose things or miss priorities. Choose upright, desktop file holders to
easily see and manage active papers. Or, set up a daily tickle file system in a
desk file drawer.
Take a moment to prioritize within each
category. Decide what needs to be done first so that you can really accomplish
your list when you get started.
Until next time …