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Chapter 10. Quick Review, Charts and Che... > Checklist: Monitor Your Progress

Checklist: Monitor Your Progress

After you complete your reorganizing project, check to see that you are maintaining your good habits. Once a month, for three months, and then every three months thereafter place a note on your calendar to monitor your progress. Particularly if you change locations, change jobs or experience a crisis that interrupts your normal work flow, be sure to review this checklist.

1: Do you have scraps of paper scattered on your desk?

Always Sometimes Never

2: Do you clear your desk at the end of each day?

Always Sometimes Never

3: Do you sort your mail with the waste basket close by?

Always Sometimes Never

4: Do you have more than one pending stack?

Always Sometimes Never

5: Are you able to retrieve items from your files quickly?

Always Sometimes Never

6: Do you save most of the paper that crosses your desk?

Always Sometimes Never

7: Do you use To-Do and Master Lists regularly?

Always Sometimes Never

8: Are you comfortable with the follow-up procedures that you use?

Always Sometimes Never

9: Do you purge your files regularly?

Always Sometimes Never

10: Do you touch most papers only once before making a decision?

Always Sometimes Never

11: Does the second desk or work table stay free of clutter?

Always Sometimes Never

12: Are your files divided into logical groupings and alphabetized?

Always Sometimes Never

13: Do you keep your reading stack low?

Always Sometimes Never

14: Do you allot specific times during the day to respond to e-mail messages?

Always Sometimes Never

15: Is your work space neat and comfortable to work in?

Always Sometimes Never




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