Happy new year everyone!
In a December blog post titled "advocating for your child", one of the suggestions was to "keep a paper trail". In an effort to help you start 2012 in an organized fashion, we would like to share tips with you from the Professional Organizers in Canada( POC).
1. Categorize your incoming paper. This will help you prioritize what you need to attend to.
File it, act on it, dispose of it, engage others in the completion of it.
Remember to ask yourself, "Do I really need this?". Keep in mind that 80% of papers we file are never looked at again.
2. Get a file folder with labels. You may want to keep a file for each person you interact with on a regular basis. For example, dentist, doctor, bus driver, therapist, principal - then when you have a meeting, you will have everything you need in one location.
3. Record the info and then toss the paper. If you can record it on a calendar or electronically, toss the paper when you finish.
4. Always plan for the DO date and the DUE date. Many of us schedule the deadline for tasks, but forget to schedule the time to actually do the task. For example, if the forms for respite care are due on the 25th of January you will also want to write time in your calendar on January 10th to complete the forms.