Anita Taylor, Professional Organizer & Speaker, has the following advice for those of us who tend to let things accumulate, especially our important paperwork:
The best way to tackle a stack is to…
- set a timer for 15 minutes
- sort from the top
- use the 3 D Method
- Do it, Dump it or Delegate it!
Still not done? Read on…
Sort by category: When sorting materials that all belong in the same category designate a “home” for that category for filing or storing later. This is meant to be a quick sort so you can destroy the stack.
Attack from different angles: The next time you attack that stack, start from the bottom, set the timer and GO! Next time, top; after that the bottom; and, if there’s anything left on the 5th try, cut the stack like a deck of cards and work from the middle!
Don’t forget: Set the Timer and STOP when the buzzer rings!
Once you’ve gotten this accomplished, be sure to write and let me know how it went.