We keep getting feedback from StayWithMeHere that people have trouble with paper. Paper, paper everywhere. Piles and piles of it. Hmmm.... now, after receiving yet another feedback message about this, I realize that virtually nowhere on our site do we cover this topic. So Ginger and I started tackling the subject, but on this issue we don't think alike.
I found myself getting a little frustrated because we usually can come to some sort of neat and tidy summation of whatever topic we write about. This, however, is different. Because with paper, you have to be linear. And our styles are different.
To make things more complicated, each person had a different style. So when we try to explain how to organize paper, in an "ADD Friendly" way, forget about there being a right and a wrong way to do things.
We ended up with many more ideas on this topic than any other we've covered. It's going to take some time to sort it all out - as it should. It's a complicated topic.
The truth is, despite our methods, and despite our being coaches, etc.... neither of us can be counted on to have a clean desk. Like anything else that needs upkeep, there are times when the desk is clean and times when it isn't.
As it turns out, both Ginger and I have systems that don't depend on keeping the desktop clean. Sometimes the best solution is not through the mess, but around it..... so the desktop is here (or visible) today, gone tomorrow, but the bills still get paid, and not lost. The receipts, same thing...er, for the most part. Maybe Ginger and I don't have the same methods, but we have found ways that work.
So I suppose the most useful "trick" we have learned is to differentiate the important papers from the "other" papers. That doesn't help much with getting rid of the piles altogether. But it is an important thing to learn the difference between urgent and not urgent, and to separate them.
It will be interesting to see how our work on this topic turns out. Watch StayWithMeHere for the new "paperwork" info.... I think you'll find it less intimidating than the standard info that is available on this topic.
As usual, we welcome any tips or ideas that you may have.