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  • Paper Everywhere--Where to begin?

    Every available space in my office is taken up with many boxes of reference materials which not in any organized fashion.---so no room to add any additional reference materials and need to figure out how to review and organize the back-log.

    My two drawer lateral file of active information is now full---need to purge to make room for anything else.

    My desktop has become stacks of files, books, someday/maybe project materials.--need to clear the desktop, but no room in reference or lateral area.

    What is the best way to tackle this one?

  • #2
    It's a project...

    I suppose you've got yourself a project!
    What is your desired outcome of this project?
    What is the very next physical action you need to do?

    Some elements I would tackle in the project:
    - What organisation do I want/require? Closets, drawers, filing systems?
    - Are there any legal and/or business requirements on documents I should archive?
    - Create temporary parking place for "stuff", as it creates space to work in
    - Make sure you've got the tools for your proposed organisation
    - Take bits and pieces from the temporary parking place and bring them back in your office, archive or delete them

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    • #3
      Sounds like you need to listen to the "Digging out from backlog" webinars. I found them extremely helpful and no longer have that "overwhelmed" feeling.

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      • #4
        GTD's Chapter 4 -- Getting Started: Setting Up the Time, Space, and Tools -- and also Chapter 5 -- Collection: Corralling Your "Stuff" -- are entirely devoted to this topic. I think the steps it describes (especially the Time and Space part) will get you on the righteous path.

        You might find the Book Club threads on Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 helpful also.



        Cheers,
        Roger

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        • #5
          How to find?

          Originally posted by Roger View Post
          You might find the Book Club threads on Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 helpful also.


          Cheers,
          Roger
          When I clicked on the Chapter 4 & 5 Links, it says they are not available??

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          • #6
            Sounds Interesting..

            Originally posted by steveinbristol View Post
            Sounds like you need to listen to the "Digging out from backlog" webinars. I found them extremely helpful and no longer have that "overwhelmed" feeling.
            Where do I find the webinars?

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            • #7
              Originally posted by debbieg View Post
              Every available space in my office is taken up with many boxes of reference materials which not in any organized fashion.---so no room to add any additional reference materials and need to figure out how to review and organize the back-log.

              My two drawer lateral file of active information is now full---need to purge to make room for anything else.

              My desktop has become stacks of files, books, someday/maybe project materials.--need to clear the desktop, but no room in reference or lateral area.

              What is the best way to tackle this one?
              I remember an apocryphal story from college about someone whose dorm room was completely filled with crumpled paper as a prank. The student opened the door, and stared dumbfounded at the mass of paper before him. He thought for a moment, and then, with a smile on his face, lit a match, threw it in the room, and closed the door. Problem solved.

              Please note: I am not recommending arson. However, I do recommend taking everything that you have not touched recently into boxes and storing them elsewhere. If you haven't gone back to them after a year or more, consider getting rid of them, with obvious exceptions for things like financial records and family heirlooms.

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              • #8
                Where do I find the webinars?
                Debbie--the webinars are all on GTD Connect, our online learning center. You can try a two-week guest pass to see if it's for you. That will give you access to play the webinars on the Connect website. You would need to be a monthly or yearly member though to take them offline.

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                • #9
                  GTD Connect Book Club is in the GTD Connect part of the forum.

                  Originally posted by debbieg View Post
                  When I clicked on the Chapter 4 & 5 Links, it says they are not available??
                  GTD Connect Book Club is in the GTD Connect part of the forum.

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