Keep your desktop clean: a checklist

I found a post-it on my desk this morning that was actually there since several months (if not year). It’s a short checklist with questions to answer before deciding whether I will trash or retain a document.

I tend to retain too many documents (electronic and paper)  that consumes space and are useless — I will anyway never read them. This short post-it helps me in my cleaning activity. It helps me take some distance with the material and its importance.

  • is it hard to find the document again?
  • is the document important regarding legal aspects?
  • is the document up to date?
  • is the document currently/frequently used?

Then if all answers are “no”, trash it!

It’s amazing how many documents can actually be trashed according to this checklist. Free desktop again!

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