For this article I will focus on organizing long term reference papers only. Papers where actions have been completed and are being saved for possible future reference. These papers should reside in your home file-cabinet in a simplified system that allows for easy retrieval.
I worked recently with a client located in Orem, Utah. Miss P (we keep our clients identity confidential) was very frustrated when she called me to discuss her piled papers. She knew she needed help because she had tried many times to organize her paper clutter on her own and failed. Was she every happy when she was able, after a 3 hour session with me, to complete a file-cabinet system for her reference papers that allowed her to process and find papers quickly and easily. She was thrilled with the results of our time together.
The process for organizing paper clutter can be handled very simply with my 3 step ACT formula:
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