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Disaster of a Desk Area?

Having trouble keeping track of the papers on your desk? Do you have unfinished projects or projects in the works that you don't know where to put until they're complete?

If you're a visual person, putting these unfinished projects in a desk drawer (even if it's labeled) could mean the difference between failure or success (the case of out of site, out of mind). For some people, if they can't see it, it doesn't exist (at least that's what my 6-year-old told me one day...that made me laugh but I began to wonder if there weren't some deep psychological issues looming!).

Anyway, it's important to keep things within your visual range, but in an organized fashion. Keep active files in a vertical position. Anytime paper is horizontally placed on a desk, it's possible that other papers will get stacked on top and then the piles begin to fraternize.

Also, if you think about it, when you're sleeping, you are horizontal and inactive. Therefore, if you use the same concept that horizontal paperwork is inactive and vertical is active, wouldn't it make sense to put your "work in process" in a vertical system until the project is closed...or put to sleep?

Gather all the papers on your desk, separate by project, assign and label a folder, and put the documents in their new home. You may want to take it a step further and keep a master list at the front of your new filing system that contains the name of the project, any upcoming deadlines, and a list of tasks that need to be addressed immediately.

posted on: 12/5/2007 10:05:17 AM by Stacey Crew
category: Special Populations

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Organizing [Busy] Women

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I'm Stacey Crew, mom, author and professional organizer. With more than 12 years of experience in the corporate world, 10 years as a parent, and professional organizer and business owner for the past 4 years, I'm excited to share my experience with you. Since I started my business in 2003, I've published two books and serviced well over 100 organizing clients. Prior to that, I had the experience of moving five times in six years and having two children along the way. I guess you could say I've been busy. I'm passionate about my work to help ease women's stress through time and space organizing solutions. I look forward to sharing my expertise with you and answering any specific questions you may have as they relate to organizing.

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