get yourself organized!

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Does this pile of tear sheets look all to familiar to you?  I am haunted by my pile and feel like Sisyphus trying to push his rock up the hill -- every time I think I'm about to see the bottom of the basket, more sheets suddenly appear.


I'm a collector by nature -- Tom Rath, author of  Strengths Finder 2.0 puts collecting into the "Input" theme, which he defines as:




"You are inquisitive.  You collect things.  You might collect information -- words, facts, books, and quotations -- or you might collect tangible objects such as butterflies, baseball cards, porcelain dolls {eek!} or sepia photographs.  Whatever you collect, you collect it because it interests you.  And yours is the kind of mind that finds so many things interesting.  The world is exciting precisely because of its infinite variety and complexity...Why are these worth storing?  At the time of storing it is often hard to say exactly when or why you might need them, but who knows when they might become useful?...So you keep acquiring and compiling and filing stuff away.  It's interesting.  It keeps your mind fresh.  And perhaps one day some of it will prove valuable."



As such, I am always on the lookout for newer and better ways to organize my collection of articles and tear sheets.  Leave it to the amazing peeps over at See Jane Work to read my mind and blog about just that!



get yourself a system


In the post titled "Organizing Books and Publications," the See Jane Work crew gives you a four-step process to bring you that much closer to organized nirvana.  Or at least the bottom of your tear sheet basket.


The four steps are:




  1. Edit your collection

  2. Create a place for your collection

  3. Sort material by subject matter

  4. Know your organizing style


Read the rest of the article here.  Best part? You can order all the boxes, binders, etc right from See Jane Work's website!  Genius!

On another note -- I highly recommend you check out Strengths Finder 2.0 -- when you purchase the book, you are given a code to take the online strengthsfinder assessment that will highlight your top strengths as well as give you tons of strategies for applying your strengths!