“But all things should be done decently and in order.” 1 Corinthians 14:40
Last week, the goal was to keep your existing piles of papers from growing higher and your in-box from getting more cluttered. How did you do? Did you find you were able to take a few more seconds to deal with papers and emails or did you find yourself piling papers and/or keeping emails you did not need?
It may take time to develop a new routine or new way of doing things. However, if you find you are now disposing of papers or deleting emails in a timely manner, then you are well on the right track. If you find you are winning the battle of not making things higher and longer, then congratulations. However, if your papers are still piling up, or your inbox is longer than it was at this time last week, then it will be helpful to go through the initial phase again. At this point, it would be useful to look at possible reasons why the clutter of things started in the first place. Getting to the core root of a problem always helps with the management and resolution of it.
If you are unsure of any pattern, ask yourself the following questions:
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your direction for me to look after all things decently and in an orderly fashion. This relates to so many things in my life, including my work. Help me to wisely deal with each paper which passes my desk and each email I open. Help me to realize that continuing to leave things undone just adds more clutter and disorganization. Please give me the wisdom, focus and discernment to know what to take time for, and what not to make time for. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Monday: How would you rate your success with dealing with papers and emails last week? Would you say it improved, stayed the same or worsened?
Tuesday: Still having difficulty getting your piles of papers and emails under control? Start to think of any patterns as to why things are continuing to clutter up your desk and in-box.
Wednesday: What kinds of patterns are you starting to see in the papers and emails you continue to accumulate?
Thursday: What is one thing you can start to do differently to achieve greater control, and improved timeliness, over your paperwork? Take into consideration your work priorities, what is not yet completed, and what can be delegated.
Friday: It is good to know, and use, some tried & true tips to conquer clutter. Keep a recycling handy, or a shredder nearby, to get rid of papers right away! What other tips can you use to increase your success with managing the information that comes to you?
Have a wonderful week.
Bonny, Christian Women at Work