More and more, less paper is entering into our homes. Going green has lightened up paper piles and the overwhelm load for most people. I do find there are still a few envelopes and ‘in action’ items that tend to shuffle around the house or office even in the most organized of paperless homes.
The problem I find with even clearly defined folders like to ‘Sort’, to ‘Read’ or ‘Honey do’ is that anxiety builds at not knowing what is in the folder, or what is on the shelf. The unknown can be challenging for even the well sorted type personality. I have created a four folder system to take the nebulous out of tracking our paper. These folders come with the ability to use post its to clearly mark what is going inside. Taking 5 seconds to update what is in the ‘What’s Next’ folder can bring a sense of peace and order to one’s psyche, knowing that when the time is available to work on the project, you will know right where you left it.
The 4 folders are:
Mail opened with an action step
Mail opened that needs a decision
Mail opened/completed that needs filing
This is in the beginning stages of use so it is a work in progress:) For now I am using clear plastic folders to mount on the wall. I notice with clients, that wall file systems stay more orderly and attended to then desk file organizers so I am starting here. Stay tuned though because I have a feeling the concept will stay the same but the wall application won’t.