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Part 2: The stuff in the room

First published on this website in February 2016 and last updated in February 2018

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This is the second part of a two-article set (with A36) designed primarily for Ministers who work from home but applicable too to all church and mission staff including those who work out of a central office.

This part investigates the stuff in the room. The focus is on paper but IT files and emails are covered too. There are three sections.

  1. Sort yourself out  The secret to handling paperwork is the SORT stage. This section suggests seven sorting principles that will give a new slant on this whole subject.
  2. File to find  There are four issues to change the way you think about filing, followed by three types of filing distinguished by the time you allow yourself to find something in them: Holding - two seconds, Filing - 20 seconds, Storage - two minutes.
  3. Categorise carefully  Principles for how to separate out different types of subject matter.

I cover these basic principles in my deskwork training sessions but have now put them into print.


Here is the link to this item: PDF A37 - Sorting out your study 2.pdf

Author's notes

This article was updated in February 2018 with minor amendments to the text and formatting.

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Note that Article A1 on this website covers some of this material too in a slightly different way, and that it is helpful to have read Training Notes TN23, How to do 'To Do' lists if you want to develop the work-diary idea mentioned in the article.