Research: How to be Effective Messy

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  1. zyzzyva57

    zyzzyva57 Active Member

    Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.
    Benjamin Franklin

    My nature is to over accumulate. (Franklin always felt he was messy.) I can so over save I fail to save, and this is more nerve wracking than simply not being able to find something. A “pile” has a certain beauty: the art is what I want is in the pile. This is one way a “piler-filer” can gain some control:
    1. Before I "pile-file," I do pull any obvious legal and tax documents ASAP <== Crucial at year end!
    2. I carefully save a legal document I sign, or is legally “forced-assumed” I signed, e.g., a speeding ticket<== NOT signing still makes the ticket legal <== SAVE LEGAL / TAX PAPERWORK!!!!
    3. Some of the incoming daily flood of paperwork is obvious junk mail; therefore trash on the spot
    4. Otherwise, in a large box I stack what is left
    5. Again, after my Federal tax crap has been filed, I go to the box, turn over the pile, then sort down
    6. I pull (sort and filter) any type of “paperwork” from my pile filing cabinet. This will enable finding what counts
    7. Pile-filing solves a key problem: I may not realize something is important until later <== some important stuff come in looking as if it is junk mail; thus, I only do a toss AFTER tax season
    8. SAVE ALL LEGAL AND TAX DOCUMENTS IN A FIREPROOF SAFE!!! This is particularly true with IRS crap
    Online piling-filing:
    1. Set-up filters for obvious spam
    2. Too often “unsubscribing” simply indicates you are still active
    3. Have a file for legal and tax documents
    4. Have as few folders as possible -- Pile-file!
    Filing cabinets—as with trash cans—become magnets for trash!
    1. I "file cabinet" as seldom as possible!!!! A file cabinet easily becomes trash can
    2. Unless X is legal or "taxy," I want to toss:
    3. Manuals can be found online
    4. Warranties, etc., can be copied and saved online.
    With labeling folders
    1. Initially use numbers 10, 20, 30
    2. Within a folder 33, for example, can be added
    3. Let your spreadsheet worry about putting things in alphabetical order, or any other order you have a column <== Worry only about the initial column
    Misc. Point
    NO USE OF SHOE BOXES, NOR COFFEE CANS <== cannot see into them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Use only jars & clear containers


    You are only as strong as your paperwork -- You are your paperwork --- Documentation can trump even big time lawyers! Finding your paperwork is as important as having it....

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