Make 2020 Your Year to Get Organized: File First!

File First! By Janet Taylor

  1. Filing can be boring but an organized filing system provides a home for the paperwork on your desk. Never set aside a piece of paper without taking some action on it. As a first step, make sure the paper you file meets the following criteria:

-The information is useful.

-The information cannot be obtained from any other source (internet, memory key).

-This document will be used again in the next six months to a year.

Schedule time to file regularly: daily or weekly. All paperwork should be filed until you are ready to work on it.

  1. Sort incoming mail.   Separate correspondence into the following categories: Action, Information, Read and Wastebasket
  2. Muddle through your mounds of magazines. Cancel subscriptions that no longer meet your needs or consider changing to an electronic version.

Clear Desk

Always straighten your desk at the end of the day so each time you enter your home office you can start with a clear desk and clear mind.

Janet M. Taylor is a life strategist, professional organizer, speaker and author with over 20 years of experience helping people get organized. If you are ready to get your life totally organized visit her website at

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