What I learnt from drowning in paperwork
The first thing that hit me when I started working on the pile of paperwork was that an awful lot of it didn’t need to be kept. I certainly don’t want to replace drowning in paper with being swamped by digital files either so giving myself space to think things through I concluded that my new routine would be: To open all paperwork that enters the house then make the decision and take the appropriate steps. Is it undoubtedly important
? Photo it and add it to Evernote with the appropriate labels and tags. Is it something I may need
? Add it to the in-tray then go through this at the end of the month and see if I still think it needs keeping. Is it junk mail
? Either shred or drop it in the recycling bin straight away.
Why this system will work for me
I have spent time researching organisation methods and watching YouTubers; you may remember that I previously mentioned watching Clutterbug’s channel and her Organization series
. In the process of doing this, I have come to some conclusions, and as usual, they add up to me being contrary. Let’s put aside the Fibromyalgia for a moment, don’t I wish I literally could… On the one hand, I enjoy being organised and knowing where everything is but, on the other hand, I can sometimes be a little bit lazy in the sense of not wanting to commit to much time to getting organised. I’d instead use the energy I have to do something I enjoy doing. I thought I enjoyed micro organising but maybe not to the nano degree. With this new system, I can make sure the critical stuff it safely where it needs to be but I can defer decisions and speedily deposit all the maybe’s into one tray. So if I need something that isn’t in Evernote, it is going to be on that tray making me both organised but saving me time on a day to day basis. At the end of the month, there is a good chance I won’t have given all those maybe’s a second thought and I can quickly dispose of them! If I can crack it so can you! I do recommend giving Evernote
a try I’ve been using it since 2009 and had a paid subscription for about three years. If you use my link, you will get a month of premium for free, so there is nothing to loose in trying.