Honestly, I hate filing just like you do.
Last week I realized my personal stack of insurance papers, receipts, etc…. needed filing. So I had to practice what I preach: I wrote it on my calendar to do Saturday morning. If I hadn’t made that commitment, I would have kept letting the stack get bigger.
Next I figured out a way to eliminate the boredom and the pain of doing it. I timed the filing so I was listening to one of my favorite radio programs. In fact, to finish listening to the program, I even cleaned out the drawer of a desk I was letting my daughter use.
What do you do to take the pain out of filing?
Organizing Tip 1. Write filing project on your calendar.
Organizng Tip 2. Plan something you would enjoy listening to while doing your filing
Organizing Tip 3. Reward yourself with a walk, dark chocolate kiss or something enjoyable.
Having a filing system is essential for keeping paperwork under control and holding down the paper piles.
Sometimes, even organizers break their own rules. I had actually gotten behind on filing at home. Recently, I bit the bullet and did all of my neglected home filing for the past 3 months. And the reason this is a “no-no” is because doing it all at once is a terrible job; even listening to Car Talk on the radio wouldn’t take the pain away.
As we start 2018, vow to no longer procrastinate this year and to stay organized. Why not get a head start? Now is a good time to organize, re-prioritize, and purge your files. When doing so, go ahead and pull out:
1. Everything for your 2017 taxes
2. Anything that is considered a “business expense”
3. Any material that you want to focus on in your business in 2018.
In doing so, you will already have a jump-start on the new year. I even recommend doing this frequently to avoid my home-filing situation.