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Out of Sight, but Not Out of Mind (Actions)
Out of Sight, Out of Mind refers to the common phenomenon that if people don't see something, they think that they will forget about it. There are various solutions to this organizing challenge:
Leave things out, but in an organized way
Put things away with the appropriate reminders
Create a File Index for folders placed in your file drawers
Last week, I blogged about leaving things out in the open but in an organized way. The second option to put things away with appropriate reminders requires that you have a To-Do List or Action Item List. Ideally your To-Do List should be one consolidated list, not a lot of random lists floating around your desk. It can be paper-based or electronic. Many of the electronic options allow you to print, if needed.
When you place an item away in a drawer or folder and it relates to something that you need to do, add that action to your To-Do List. This way the object is "out of sight," but not "out of mind." Lastly, review your To-Do List on a daily basis.
posted on: 12/19/2011 8:30:00 AM by Heather Cocozza
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Heather Cocozza, PMP, CPO® is a Professional Organizer who organizes and designs tailored home and office solutions. She is on the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO)-WDC Board of Directors 2009-2010 and is the owner of Cocozza Organizing & Design, LLC. Prior to her organizing career, Heather Cocozza worked 13 years at IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers as an ERP Project Manager and at times traveled extensively while her "virtual" twins were between the ages of 0 to 3.
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