Part of the plan this week during my time off is to clean house and get organized. I've admitted to myself that I most likely won't get to cleaning out my closets (although I am buying more hangers and an over-door shoe rack), but I am starting to go through the many piles of paper that seem to creep their way into my life. Recently, I have become obsessed with an organizational/personal productivity blog called 43Folders. Not only am I trying to adopt some of their tips and tricks to get organized, but I have been reading David Allen's Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, which is referenced frequently on 43Folders (note -- the title of the blog is a nod to a month/date tickler file -- a key instrument in staying on top of things). I went out and bought a box of manilla folders and a label-maker (my new best friend), and I have already tidied up a huge stack that was hogging up the very limited free space on my desk.
After spending hours purging files and filing/archiving email before I left Pro Bono Net, I realized that part of the beauty of a new job is a clean slate -- I figure that I should get organized at home so that when I start work, I am already starting off with
good better organizational habits. Any tips/tricks from the peanut gallery on how to get and stay organized and productive?