When I started See Jane Work, in 2004, it was out of necessity. I could not find office supplies that were functional and stylish. A lot has changed since then (you can thank me later), computers are tiny, desk accessories are stylish, even my desk lamp has a good looking cord. Unfortunately, there are still a few necessities, like my paper shredder, that I kept hidden in the closet.
Technology has minimized the need for paper, but unfortunately contributed to identify theft. I’m not sure anyone would want my identity, but to be on the safe side, I faithfully shred any sensitive paperwork. I previously kept my shredder hidden in a closet with no electrical outlet. I dreaded hauling it out to shred, so paperwork piled up next to it at an alarming rate.
I finally stumbled upon a solution. A lidded basket now keeps my shredder hidden, but easily accessible. No more paper pileups, I shred each day as I bring the mail in.
Here are some tips:
When you're feeling overwhelmed and having difficulty getting started, it helps to make a list. Get all that stuff in your mind down on paper. Limit yourself to one line per item, if you have a due date include that next to the item. Don't worry about priority or additional detail at this time, just get it on paper. Once you've finished, group items into categories by priority, then type, for example errands, calls, urgent, etc. Relief will come as you work through the list and cross things off. To read past Quick Tips click here