If you’re like me, you need to write something down or else you’ll forget to do it. Trying to get everything done during the day is hard. Forgetting to do something puts you in a panic once you realize you forgot to do it!
I have some tips that I learned along the way to help me stay focused and organized. First rule: only touch something once. For example, once you open that piece of mail, file it immediately if no action is required. This will prevent your piles from becoming even bigger.
Second, have your bills sent electronically. Going paperless is great for the environment and it will help make spare room in your filing cabinets.
Third, shred any old bills that are more than 3 years old. (Check your state statute of limitations since each state varies). While preparing for filing my taxes this year, I found I was holding on to water and gas bills from the year we bought out house!
Fourth, try to set a goal to complete one task at a time. Instead of getting overwhelmed and not completing any of your tasks, just checking off one item on your list can give you a boost of confidence to push on to the next item.
And, lastly, set aside an hour to file that large pile of papers sitting on your desk, or floor, if the case may be! Once you start filing, you’ll find that once the hour is up, you’re in such a groove to finish, that you’ll complete the filing in one sitting.
I know, I know, it all sounds simple to do “on paper”. However, getting things checked off your to do list will leave more room for relaxing in the evening and spending your weekends doing fun things with your friends and family.
Now, if only I could remember where I put my list?