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Homes For Projects

Active projects need homes as much as passive supplies.  Anyone who reads this blog or has worked with me knows that I value a clear surface as the greatest organizing tool above all else.   For this reason, my first act of helping a client get organized is always to create a clear work surface.  This is act is often met with resistance when I try to clear an ongoing project. Ongoing projects need to be organized as much as anything else.  In fact, they need the most special attention of all and leaving them out on the dining table just doesn’t cut it.  There, they are vulnerable to incoming clutter and processing. Here are some common ongoing projects I run into and some easy solutions. Bill Paying. Let’s face it, whether you like bill paying or not (and who does) it’s an ongoing project.  You must make a comfortable allowance for it.  When the daily mail comes in, extract the statements immediately and place them in a dedicated bill paying area. Never let them pitch camp on your dining room […]

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Focus On Filing, Part 1: The Filecycle

Originally from Matt Baier’s Organizing Works Newsletter, April 2007 FOCUS ON FILING, PART 1:  THE FILE CYCLE “80% of papers that are filed are never referenced again.” Small Business Association  Do you sometimes feel like you don’t know where to begin when your desk is covered in papers?  If it was simply a matter of tossing it all in the trash you would have done that already.  They ARE all important, but as soon as you start addressing one of them, another more pressing one grabs your attention, then you need a supporting document, but you can’t find it in your file cabinet.  It must be in one of your “to file” piles, but that might have been buried under last week’s mail.  Sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone. There are many reasons why filing can be challenging:  Your file cabinet may not be accessible enough; your system may be too complicated or confusing; you may not trust your file cabinet; or you may believe you will never get to anything unless it is out where you can see […]

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