Once you have a better understanding of the Peak Productivity Pyramid™ System, it is time to get started. Invest time in getting organized now so you can save time later. Organizing is going to take time, however it is going to save you time in the long run. Begin now with becoming physically organized. Keeping your papers organized is a good place to start. It is important to come up with a system that is simple so that you can stick to it. Do not start off trying to sort your papers into many subcategories, it will take a long time and can feel very overwhelming. Before I share one way I suggest to organize papers think about how you keep your papers organized. Is it complicated?
I always suggest to my clients that we start organizing papers by using the “Three To’s of Sorting” system. The Three To’s are “To Do,” “To Keep,” and “To Toss.” Every single piece of paper that you have lying around will fit into one of those 3 categories. Using just three categories to sort your papers will make the insurmountable task of going through your piles a little bit easier. Just this simple sorting system can surprisingly help reduce clutter in your office very quickly. Once sorted into the three piles, you can move on to the next step, which is creating a filing system that is right for you. .
Think about what systems you currently use to file? Do you use filing cabinets? Do you file alphabetically or by category? Is it working for you or would a different system fit your needs better?
I challenge you to start this week by organizing your papers in to three categories!! Keep it simple!