Science geeks and Stetson-wearers rejoice! Let’s get busy wrangling some entropy and saving ourselves from the inevitable chaos of family paperwork.
- Designate Your “In” Bin. Mine is a simple 2-tiered letter sized sorting bin on the desk in our family office. If you come to my house and you need to me to do, see, approve or pay anything, then your best bet is to put it in my “In” bin. Permission slips, report cards, party invitations, bills, notes, etc. all go in there and I review them and then take the appropriate action. Usually I review the “in” bin on Sunday afternoons (for the surprise “I need it on Monday” stuff) and most weekdays so I won’t overlook something important. Make your “in” bin easily accessible and make sure everyone knows where it is.
- Give Everyone Else an “Out” Bin. This part is derived from Newton’s Second Law of Motion. What goes in must come out. When you have done, seen, signed, approved or paid the things that others dropped into your “in” bin, you then must hand off to the appropriate party by putting into their “out” bin. They can then take these things back to school or sports or wherever they need to go. Make sure to teach them to look in their “out” bin every day as well, so nothing gets left behind.
Equal and opposite reaction feels pretty good, right?