“Where do I start? My home is filled with clutter!”
Start with just five minutes a day. Five minutes a day is more than nothing, it’s a containable time period, and by the end of the week – you’ll have dedicated more than 35 minutes to your de-cluttering goal. Here are some road rules to follow, five minutes at a time.
Today’s 5 Minute Decluttering Tip – Work Through Those Piles!
Have any piles on your counters? In case you missed Tip #11 Here’s the big news:
PILES = POSTPONED DECISIONS
Piles represent all the decisions you’ve put off due to tight time schedules, difficult decisions, or gaps in your systems. Start today with one pile. Grab it, create a place to sit down and begin to sort your piled papers.
- Begin by Macro sorting your papers into three piles: FILE, ACT or TOSS.
- Be sure that all things you’ve placed in your “FILE” pile already have working file folders created. If they do not, then those items belong in your ACT pile.
- Look at your TOSS pile – how many papers or items do you keep because you postponed that “TOSS” decision in the first place? If you have a lot of TOSS items, it’s a good idea to take a look at what you’re keeping that you really don’t want or need. There may be habits and patterns there to look at and address.
- Activate your ACT pile. For each piece of paper placed in your ACT pile, determine:
- What very next action is necessary to complete this item.
- Estimate how long that action might take
- Determine who will take the action
- Assign a time to do it
- Block out time to do it on your daily calendar
- Once you’ve worked through this decision-making process on one pile, you can do it with others.
I’ve created a post-it pad that I use with attendees at my Power Office class. It will guide you through this process and help you transfer this behavior into consistent action.
If you’d like a post-it pad of your own to work your pile, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or send $5 through paypal to me – and I’ll send you one of your very own!
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”