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Yield Sign Versus Parking Lot
Have you ever been behind a driver who comes to a full stop at a yield sign and just sits there? They cause confusion and frustration for the drivers behind them, and can sometimes even cause an accident. Now, I have never had a lot of patience, and in the past I have shouted a few choice words when trapped behind a pokey driver. However, I am currently in the car seats and station wagon stage of my life and have had to clean up my act. These days, I am more likely to shout something like "It's a yield sign – not a parking lot!"
It occurred to me this week while helping a client with inbox overload, that a great deal of disorganization is the result of using a yield sign as a parking lot. Inboxes (both paper and email) and desktop action files are like yield signs – the data and documents of our lives pass through and ask us to glance at them, assess the situation and react accordingly. All too often, these items get "parked" in our inbox and can stay there for weeks or months.
The next time you are going through your inbox, remember that the items are only there to tap their brakes. If they come to a complete stop, your desk will turn into a traffic jam.
posted on: 10/25/2008 8:30:00 AM by Shana Prichard
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Shana M. Prichard, MBA owns realign, llc, a professional organizing firm. realign, llc provides small business organizing services including filing system design/implementation, desk and time management and QuickBooks set up and training. realign, llc also provides home-office organizing services to individuals.
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