After almost a month of working to clear those paper piles away, I know you never want to go back to dealing with that mess again. That is why it’s critical to set up a system to store – and process – incoming paper.
I mentioned this a few days ago but I think it’s so important that I wanted us to focus on this for an entire day.
Need time to process paper? Set up and ongoing meeting with yourself.
Most of us probably don’t have a cookie cutter schedule each week. But there’s probably some consistency.
Think though what a typical week looks like for you and pick a day to process all of you paper.
Then schedule it on the calendar.
If it’s Friday morning at 10:00am, then put “Friday Files” on your calendar. If Tuesday nights work best, put something like Take care of those paper piles Tuesday” on your calendar. Be creative. You’ll be more likely to stick to it 🙂
I would absolutely love to know the time of day or day of week you choose. So, let me know in the comments!
As a reminder, this is what we’ve covered so far in this paper clutter journey:
- Get the right supplies.
- Collect all of your paper.
- Process current mail and documents.
- Create a system for incoming mail and paper.
- Eliminate junk mail completely.
- Clean up your current filing system.
- Start filing.
- Keep filing.
- File again.
- Research how to reduce paper from household bills.
- Automate household bills.
- Magazines. Do you need ‘em?
- Organize Instruction Manuals.
- Eliminate receipt overload.
- Toss outdated paper files.
Your assignment for today:
- Continue working on habit #8.
- Set an ongoing meeting with yourself (add it to your cleaning schedule).