What’s one of the best ways to waste your time?
Handling things repeatedly.
Here’s an example:
You grab the mail from your mailbox as you’re arriving home from work, and you dump it on your coffee table. Later, you open up the mail, scan it, and drop it back in the pile. Another time, you realize it’s time to pay some bills, so you sift through your pile to pull out the bills you need.
You return to the pile the next day to dig out your friend’s wedding invitation so that you can R.S.V.P. Finally, company is on its way over, so you grab everything off the table to tidy up and dust. Maybe you recycle the junk mail . . . or maybe you hide the papers under your bed until your guests leave.
(You might forget about them at that point.)
With this method of handling your family’s paperwork, here are just some of the problems you’ve inadvertently created for yourself:
- You’ve had to refamiliarize yourself with the contents of your mail every time you touch it.
- You’ve set yourself up to miss or forget about important communication.
- You’ve started a moving pile of clutter that invites more clutter.
So what’s the solution? [Read more…]