Do Your Papers Look Like They Have the Measles?


Have you heard about the Touch it Once rule?

The idea is to handle items only once and not shuffle them from place to place. It is great in theory but not always practical or easy. I tried years ago to implement the rule with my paperwork and even used the suggestion to mark each piece of paper with a red dot every time I touched it. Needless to say, my papers looked like they had the measles!  I knew I needed to find another way. 

While it would be great to train ourselves to do this with everything our natural way of working and life can get in the way. For example, it is highly unlikely that most people will open a bill, pay it right away and then file it. Are there people that do this? Of course, but that doesn't mean it is efficient or attainable for everyone.

I personally don't like filing! Yes, me the Professional Organizer and former Accountant who specializes in paper and digital information management finds no joy in filing papers, however, give me a pile...

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The Lists and Tools I Use to Keep My Brain Clutter Free

As I slowly bring my blog back to life I come across entries like this that I wrote just a few years ago that make me laugh. While I update the original post, I will add my current method (in bold) to document how things continue to evolve.

Whether you prefer sticky notes, pads of paper, notebooks or electronic devices I encourage you to make lists for everything. The more you can free your mind the better. I keep a small notebook beside my bed so I can write things down before I go to bed (This I still do, but it is a part of my Bullet Journal). This frees up my mind up for better sleep.

Here are my ongoing lists, how I record them, and where I keep them:

  • Master To-Do: This is where I pull my Daily To-Do list from. It is essentially my Brain Dump. I have it in a word document for easy updating and I keep a print out in a folder with any corresponding paper work. Today I use the same process, but the list resides in Evernote
  • Daily To-Do: I use a sheet of scrap...
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