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It's a reality that is unavoidable. I deal with most of it by processing paperwork immediately: toss, file, process, or hold.
*Toss - Trash gets tossed.
*File - Filing goes in my filing container.
*Process - Invitations get an immediate RSVP, a task to buy and wrap a gift, and a note on my calendar of the time and place. Then, they are tossed.
*Hold - A coupon gets the deadline noted in my planner and the coupon goes in the front pocket of my planner. A homework assignment gets written in my planner and the instructions go in the Hold box until assignment is complete.
But, sometimes, there is something that needs processing, but I just cannot deal with it right that second. Or my hold box is not appropriate because I'll be doing the task outside of my house.
If I crammed all of that stuff into my Franklin Covey compact planner, it would be bursting at the seams.
Back when I had a desk, those things stayed in my in-box. But an in-box in my house would stay so full and be too much of a crutch. Unlike my office in-box, that other people see, my house in-box could just pile up forever without witnesses.
TIP: Only have two at-home boxes - a filing box (to be filed) and a hold box (for legitimate things that you need to hold for a while but not file away, like the t-ball schedule during the t-ball season or tax documents being compiled together between December 31st and the end of February). I use one of these as my hold/file box.
Since things that are necessary to leave the house with me go in my planner itself, I need a different place for things that are not yet processed, but need to be.
Some of the things that I need to process right now include:
*paper and an envelope to send a letter to my godchild at Marine Boot Camp
*warranty registration that needs to be done on-line whenever I have ten minutes
*check to be written to the lawn guy
*reading log to enter on my laptop before school starts
These tasks go in my planner, of course, but there is no room to carry all the stuff that goes with them. My hold box is not appropriate because these tasks will likely be done away from home, at the library or a coffee shop.
Enter the plastic envelope.
You can get them at any office supply store or on Amazon.
I like letter size.
It fits easily in my purse with my Franklin Covey compact. It's small enough to create a natural physical limit of what I can carry. Eventually, I have to do the stuff or I run out of space!
(Additional projects get their own file folder in my work tote. This small envelope is just for little things that need doing.)
I understand that it is practically heresy to carry something in addition to my planner, but this addition is one that really works!
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