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Help Employees Clear the Clutter

In my GO System classes, I often hear participants state that they want to clean up their offices and workspaces, but they just do not have the time to get organized. If your staff is buried under stacks of unfiled paper, try hosting a monthly Clear-the-Clutter hour. 

Choose one day a month and set aside one hour when your employees focus on getting organized. Have employees focus on clearing stacks of papers, filing and archiving documents, shredding sensitive material, organizing emails and computer desktops and so on. Make it fun by serving pizza or rewarding the person who clears the most clutter in the time allotted. 

See these blog posts for more information you can share with your staff: Simple Approach to Eliminating Clutter and Email Management.


Simple Approach to Eliminating Clutter

 Look around your office. What do you see? 

  • Are there stacks of papers waiting to be filed?
  • Is your in-box overflowing?
  • Do you have “stuff” everywhere? 

If so, take fifteen minutes right now and tackle one small part. That’s all. Just fifteen minutes.

What if you took fifteen minutes every day? That adds up to 75 minutes a week or 300 minutes a month. Can you get organized in five whole hours a month? Sure, you can!

Set an intention to spend fifteen minutes every day improving your office, so you can be more positively productive in 2012. Make the words of Albert Einstein your motto: “Out of clutter, find simplicity.”


Decision Points to Eliminate Piles of Paper

Do you have piles of paper at home or at work that are waiting for a moment when you have more time? If so, you’re not alone. With the fast pace of our lives, paperwork often gets left to be handled later.

Start first by reducing the volume of unnecessary paper you receive. See my recent blog, Eliminate Spam and Junk Mail for ideas.

When a piece of paper comes in, immediately decide if you should discard, delegate, take immediate action, file for reference, or file it for follow up.  Do not put the paper down somewhere to be handled a second time, make one of the above decisions.

If the paper requires action, ask yourself if it is time sensitive? If so, then use a tickler system that works for you. Remember to keep it simple!

Items that are not date sensitive but still require action should be dealt with weekly at a specified time. Put the time in your calendar as if it were an appointment.

Use these simple guidelines to cut down on the paper in your life and become positively productive!



For those of you that have taken my GO System training course, you’ll find this article reinforces what I say about clutter and the impact it has on your ability to focus.  For those of you that haven’t taken the course, it will give you an idea of topics discussed during the training.

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Eliminate the clutter and become positively productive!