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Chapter 18. Organize your office > Systems can help in organizing the office

Systems can help in organizing the office

Paperwork is the biggest cause of clutter. Creating a filing system that enables you to find the paper you need, can control paper clutter. Knowing what to throw away, what to file, and where to file it are important factors when trying to organize to improve productivity. Decreasing the amount of clutter on your desk will decrease the amount of clutter in your mind. Being organized allows you to think more clearly and work more efficiently. Creating a filing system is a major step toward improved productivity. Two of the most commonly used systems are reminder systems and record-keeping systems.

Reminder systems

Many people remind themselves to do something by placing sticky notes where they can easily see them. Unfortunately, this reminder system increases paper clutter instead of decreasing it. Instead of using more paper, create places for items. Have on your desk only what you are working on at that moment, and use one or more of the following types of reminder systems:


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