I drafted this several weeks ago, and I as I was reviewing posts to write my monthly habit follow-up I realized I never posted this article. Yikes! So, here is what I wrote about the habit of the month for January. Tomorrow I'll post my follow-up and then on to the new month's habit.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~As the Holiday Season fades and the New Year is bright with all the possibilities and freshness of a new beginning, I turn again to my organizing book and return to the routine of reading, learning and organizing.
This month's organizing area is the paper! It seems to be everywhere and self reproducing. I don't necessary sense I am drowning in it as some might, so I'd like to say it is reasonably under control. However, it is everywhere! In the era of more and more paperless options and so many things available electronically, I am struck by the irony of even electronic paper clutter. As I weed through all the files in my filing cabinet, the miscellaneous boxes around my home, and on my computer I will be seeking to cull it down to the necessary and important items.
To assist me in maintaining what I am seeking to set up, my habit for this month is to deal with the paper once when it comes in to our home. This would be the postal mail, my e-mail, the papers the kids bring home from school, the newsletter and bulletins from different events or groups. Papers seem to easily overtake my desk, so should assist with controlling that very messy monster.
Maybe this simple habit, will help manage what some may classify as a necessary evil in the business of life.