In my most recent newsletter, I covered the topic of clearing your desktop. Now, let’s talk about maintaining your paperwork. I find that one of the most problematic types of paperwork is bill-paying. I have written a few questions that would like you to answer for yourself, so that you can be sure your bill-paying system matches what you actually do. Continue reading How to Remember to Pay Your Bills
It’s one of the most difficult things to keep organized, and it keeps arriving every day. So, I am going to separate this topic into two parts: clearing your desk, and setting up a system.
While you may be tempted just scoop up the entire contents of your desk top and move it aside – or even throw it all away – doing so does not actually accomplish anything. So, let’s start with creating categories. If you have a large quantity of each category, then you may want to use a bin or paper bag for each category.
Where do you keep your important phone numbers and addresses? Are they all in one spot? Or, do you have a combination of paper, business cards, your email reader, an old address book and your phone?
Let’s say that you need to schedule a tune-up for your car. Do you search Google for your favorite car repair place? Do you have to rummage through a stack of business cards? Sticky-notes on your monitor? Imagine instead having one place where every bit of contact data that you use regularly is stored together. Need to make an appointment with your tax accountant? It’s right there. Do you have a niece who keeps moving, and you have to continually update her address? Bingo. Continue reading Where do you store you contact data?
Each year in April, the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) holds their annual conference. One event that takes place is the Organizers’ Choice Awards. These are chosen by votes of the NAPO organizers and who attend the conference. Categories include organizing work, home, storage spaces, moving and debris removal. I would like to tell you about two of this year’s winners.
1. This year’s winner of the “Best Productivity Solution for Mobile Workers” award is the Staples® Better Binder with Removable File Rings. This unique concept allows you to transfer a group of documents from a binder to a file drawer and back again, rings and all.
Usage: This product is great for anyone who has two or more places where they work, such as a business office and a home office. If you have sets of information in paper form that you need to access in both places, this allows you to take it out of the binder, rings and all, and file into a file drawer. When you want to use it or take it with you, you put it back into the binder. Have you ever tried to line up a group of binders on a shelf? The fat-spine, narrow-body shape makes this difficult. Storing them in a file drawer takes care of this problem. For more information, click on this link to see how it works. Continue reading Award-Winning Organizing Products