I have a lot of filing to do at the office. Filing is not particularly fun. However, I do really enjoy having things organized. I have gotten really behind. The best thing to do is to file things right away. However, that is not always practical. People are always needing something, or the phone is ringing, or someone is at the door. So I put things in a pile. Before I know it the pile is huge. Then I don’t even want to start. At least I put similar things in the same pile.
This particular pile is employee records, which should never get so behind. But they are the biggest pain, and the most difficult, so they take the longest. We got several new employees about the same time, so their files had to be created. Each record is maintained on a spreadsheet, so the spreadsheet has to be updated and printed. Holes have to be punched into every page. Each page has to be placed in the correct order (backwards chronological). And then it all has to be placed into the correct section of the folder. The folder is held in place with this rather interesting system.
I did get 100% caught up on this today! Tomorrow, I’ll begin tackling the payroll files.
One thing I have figured out that works for me is to focus on a single task. I have learned that multi-tasking really is not that effective or efficient.
Quite often I will also use the Pomodoro technique, work for 20 minutes and take a 5 minute break.