Cleaning out My Paper Trays

For over a month I’ve been violating several rules of Getting Things Done: I hadn’t been managing my inbox, I had been working out of it instead of cleaning it out, and I hadn’t filed anything in a while.

My Inbox, Work In Progress, Read, Reference, Scan, and File trays as of noon today.

I decided to take advantage of a free afternoon and clean things up. It took about 7 hours, but the results were worth the time.

As of 7 PM. Much better!

Since I had been working out of my inbox most of the remaining items weren’t actionable. I spent most of my time scanning, throwing things away, and doing digital and physical filing.

Now to keep it under control in the future.

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