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August 29, 2016

Tips for Getting Organized

In my programs, Go System and Writing and Managing E-mail, people complain that they don’t have time to get organized. But if you are buried under paper, if your computer desktop is disorganized, and if your e-mail in-box is overflowing, you need to take the time.

Clutter drains your productivity and negatively affects your self-esteem. Having to sort through stacks of paper or lists of e-mails to find the one thing you need wastes time, diminishes your sense of accomplishment, and erodes your energy.desktop keeping order series

Here are five tips to take charge of the clutter.

  1. Set an intention to touch something only once—do it, delegate it, file it, trash it, or put it in a folder for follow-up if you need more information. Never open a document and close it without taking action.
  2. Clear paper stacks one inch at a time.
  3. Move completed e-mails into a folder labeled with today’s date to get them out of your in-box. Take time each day to go through them and take care of them.
  4. Tackle your computer desktop by setting aside time each day to sort and file electronic files.
  5. Don’t add to the clutter. Handle incoming paper, electronic documents, and e-mails using Tip 1.

Clearing clutter will make you more positively productive and improve your sense of accomplishment and well-being. See my blog post Is Your Computer Desktop a Mess? for more information.

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