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The Secrets to Managing Paperwork


Mel Carruthers is the owner of southern Scotland based business, More Organised

Mel, a former military museum curator, loves filing,‘rainbowtising’ and getting things done. Since paperwork/memory-keeping is one of her specialisms, she is brilliantly placed to share this guest blog.


Paperwork…

Despite living in the digital age, we are swamped with more paper than ever before;

1. Take stock of the papers that come into your home and stop as much as you can.

2. Now that you have reduced your incoming papers, what next? What happens to your paperwork when it comes into the house?

3. Schedule some time.

By now you should be left with only the paperwork that needs action or filing, all stacked neatly in your landing area. This is where the magic happens! Grab yourself a cup of tea and schedule some “me time” (well, some “me and my admin time”) and let’s get that paperwork sorted!  Schedule a regular appointment with your paperwork. For me, it’s an hour each Sunday evening, but whatever works for you. The key is to ring-fence that time and make it a habit.

And that’s how to keep your paperwork under control! Keep it together, and schedule a regular time each week to tackle it.  As Benjamin Franklin famously said, “For every minute spent organising, an hour is earned”. That’s another 59 minutes for you to be doing what makes you happy (and not frantically searching for an overdue bill!).


 

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