Paper Management, Winning The Battle Over All Those Scraps Of Paper

We are all guilty of it at one time or another- writing things down on little scraps of paper. And those little pieces of paper get lost, become piles, and sometimes even get coffee and food spilled on them. In a perfect world, we would have a small spiral notebook and write everything down in it and cross it out when we are done. Or for those of you that are tech savvy, the smart phone has quite a few apps that will help you manage your “to do” lists and action items or even your thoughts.

Here is a link to some of the most common smart phone apps.

All those pieces of paper represent undone actions. Yup. Things we have to take action on or process. Sometimes when I work on home offices, I can see the look of fear when the “to do” pile starts to grow! Don’t worry you aren’t alone.

Some of us are list makers. Its in our nature and it works for us. The breakdown occurs when we have multiple lists and we end up losing or forgetting things we need to do. Here are some thoughts to help you control all those scraps of paper.

Keep a pad of paper attached to your refrigerator for your grocery list(or you can use one of the wonderful smartphone apps to keep it). Add to your list and when its time to shop, it should be almost complete.

I also keep a pad of paper on my desk. Its the place where I take most of my phone calls and process my paper. I actually recycle my paper and staple it together. I tend to do a lot of writing when I am doing phone consultations or researching things. I keep a master to do list. Every night before I go to bed, I choose a few items off the list to accomplish the next day. I am realistic about the time that I have available.

If having one pad of paper doesn’t work for your lists and stuff, make sure you at least have a dedicated place to put your to do or action items. Keep them in a folder or an accordion file. Make sure you process them on a regular basis so you don’t have a build up.

There is no right or wrong way to handle your paper. The most important thing is to find a system that works for you!!

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