Do you have papers laying everywhere? Does your desk look like a tornado hit it? Well then you need to read on!
The best way to start getting organized is to STOP stressing over that huge pile of paperwork and just DO IT. One of the biggest reasons I have fallen behind in my organization efforts in the past is because I let paperwork get beyond control and then was too stressed about where to start, how to organize and what to do with the mess.
Where do you start first? With that thing you call a filing cabinet, or whatever else you use to keep your documents organized. Don’t have a file cabinet or something to keep your documents in? Read this post.
Make sure you have a paper shredder or properly dispose of your personal documents, to keep yourself safe from the risk of identity theft. Start with the first file folder, and move slowly towards the back. I personally keep most documents for 1 year, however, some documents must be kept longer such as your tax returns. Anything that is within the file folder that is NOT necessary to have on file; SHRED IT, TOSS IT, and MOVE ON.
Continue with the process of shredding it, tossing it and moving on until you have completely gone through your whole file cabinet. Once complete with this task, move onto that pile of paperwork that sits on your desk or maybe even kitchen counter top.
- Sort the documents into piles based on where they will go in your filing cabinet.
- Take one pile at a time and place within the appropriate file folder or create a new folder with label as necessary.
- Be sure to keep a pile of follow up documents to place on your desk within a folder titled “To-Do” or “Follow Up” so you can easily access them.
This system is very efficient and simple to keep up with, even for the most unorganized professionals.
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