12Developing a Simple, Effective Filing System

A place for everything, and everything in its place.

—proverb

A clear desktop reduces the likelihood of self-interruptions; but when our desks are cluttered, we lose focus. On the average, 45 minutes are lost every day hunting for information (paper) on and in our desks. And more and more often, employees are being evaluated on how their workspace looks. If your piles have names, you might have a problem.

TIP: Think of yourself as a jukebox. A jukebox takes out a CD, plays the selected song or songs, and then puts it back. Then it gets another.

Many people are afraid that a file out of sight is a file out of mind. But if you want to add focus and concentration to your work habits, try to only have ...

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