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Is Your Car Full of Clutter?
You've conquered clutter in the house, the garage, and the office. What about the car? If the car is a clutter zone, spend an hour cleaning it out, freshening it up and organizing it for tomorrow. You might enjoy its company again.
Everyone thought that when the computer age began to get strong, that paper would be a thing of the past. No such luck!
Paper has grown tremendously in the past 10 years. Paper clutter includes papers that donít contain information youíre planning to use now or in the future, or papers that you do not have an effective place for. Typical paper clutter can include bills, warranties, letters, memos, cards, sticky notes, mail, advertising flyers, school papers, insurance policies, etc.
Always follow the 4 Dís of effective paper management:
Do it: If an action is necessary with the paper you have, do the action right now and when youíre done, decide if the paper needs to be filed, or can he recycled.
Delegate it: If the paper can be assigned to someone else or belongs to someone else, give or send it to that person immediately.
Delay it: If you need to take action on this paper, or if you need to reference it later on, delay it by putting it into an appropriate filing system; a Tickler File System, a Bill Paying System, your filing cabinet, etc.
Dump it: Most of the papers we get on a daily basis can be dumped immediately. Open mail over the recycle bin. Go through your In Box every day.
Donít delay your decision or paper shuffle. Make a quick.
As a rule, if you don't use it or enjoy it, it's nothing more than clutter. If you donít know what it is, itís clutter. If itís too nice to use, itís clutter. Toss it or give it to someone who will use it and appreciate it.
If your work surface looks like a tornado just whipped through it, how will you be able to concentrate on the project at hand?
Do you really want to pay your bills, write a letter, work on a craft, or check your kid's homework among piles of scattered files, papers, mail and magazines?
A messy, disorganized work area results in scattered thoughts and stress. It's nearly impossible to think straight when you're working in such a chaotic situation.
The only paper on the desk or table you're working on, should be the task or project you're doing right now. File everything else away, or at the very least, temporarily move it to another area.
Once your work surface is completely clear, you'll then be ready to work in a stress-free, productive manner.
by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now! http://www.getorganizednow.com FREE Get Organized Now! Idea-Pak and E-zine, filled with tips and ideas to help you organize your home, your office and your life, at the Get Organized Now! Web site.