Tired of piles of useless paper that only waste your time
by having to shuffle through them over and over?
Open your mail over the trash can.
*Is it junk? Throw it out. Don't even read it.
*Is it duplicate information that you already have or can get elsewhere when needed? Throw it out.
*Is it non-urgent but necessary to keep? File it in it's proper place.
*Is it urgent? Handle it right away (or delegate it)
One key to staying organized is to do as we've always taught our children, "When you're finished with it, put it away."
What if "it" doesn't have a special place in which to be "put away"? Create one. Here are some ideas:
Clean off your desk at the end of every day. Piles create clutter and can hinder good customer service. If a customer calls with a question about an order, it is much easier and faster if you simply have to pull out that customer's folder from an alphabetical file, or a pending orders folder from a work file.
When your desk is in order, you can handle tasks quickly and efficiently thus saving lots of valuable time.