Being productive requires you to control all incoming information. You can begin to do this immediately while you are implementing your information management system. Here are some tips to help you get started:
· Eliminate “clutter” boxes, “miscellaneous” files, and “paper shuffling.” Everything needs a place and a label.
· Create an in-box, out-box, and to-file box on your desk. Empty your in-box and to-file box before you leave each day.
· Never put down a piece of paper without doing something to move it along. Take each piece of paper as far as you can. Do it now. Delegate it now. File it now. Toss it now.
· Set aside one clean-up day every month to purge what is no longer needed or used.
· Organize for usefulness.