In the previous company I worked for, the office had a Minimalist policy aka The Clean Desk Policy.
This policy meant by the end of the day, you should make sure your desk does not contain any company’s documents lying around your desk. This policy makes a ton of sense so that you are mindful when handling company’s sensitive information and a clean desk makes a more conducive environment to work
Well, in my pre- Minimalist days, my desk was a bit of a mess .
I liked to reasoned that a little bit of clutter never hurt anybody. Fastforward to recently when I implemented a clean desk policy at work and at home, I found myself searching for a tool to help me keep the paper/document clutter organized.
2018 Diary & Pen : Typo F // Box : Ikea
Voila, stumble on a little hack : The Box (The Blue Box)
Yup, I used the Box as a filter for me in dealing with paper clutter. The trick I used was to pick a Box small enough that I had to do 2 things when dealing with paper clutter
- Deal with it immediately or
- Store it into the box and by the end of the week / month . I would empty the box out and go through the paper clutter.
I strategically chose a box that wasn’t too big either because face it , limiting storage space sometimes makes you more action orientated to deal with to do items instead of storing them and forgetting about them .
Well in the Box , I keep receipts and bits and pieces of papers I jot ideas in for. It keeps my desk clutter free since all the documents is contained in one container. Hence at the end of the week I sift through the box and that box acts as a way to keep me in check when dealing with documents
Ever since I started implementing the Box system, the chaos has been contained, the desk clutter free. I find myself more focused when dealing with tasks and feel like I become way more efficient.
Would love to hear your tips on decluttering. Heading out to tai chi class soon. See you.
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