Overworked and out of time? A few simple tweaks in your workday can lessen the stress.
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Overworked and out of time? A few simple tweaks in your workday can lessen the stress:
- When deciding whether to file something or pitch it, consider the words of professional organizer Vicki Norris: "Eighty percent of the things we file, we never look at again."
- Be realistic when making a "to do" list. A list of 15 tasks invites frustration and a sense of failure, whereas a list of five can be a motivator. If you struggle to limit your "to do" list, create a "must do" category and focus on those tasks first. Eventually you'll have a sense of how much you can reasonably complete in a day. Having an organized office will help you cross things off sooner.
- Skip the fancy color-coded filing system or any system that demands too much attention or time. Find a system that works for you. It may be as basic as categorizing papers into manila folders and handwriting labels.
Debra Jackson calls in professional organizer Mia Stickel to turn her space into a working office.