A lot of my mail gets opened, reviewed, and then tucked away for future reference: bills, insurance statements, and the like.
For whatever reason, though, I rarely get through steps 1 – 3 all at once. I’ve got a pile of things on my desk that are waiting to be filed; the higher the pile grows, the less I feel like taking the time to get things where they need to be put. So I’m trying to implement a new habit, namely filing stuff right after I’ve opened it.
Sounds simple, right? After all, the marginal cost to file one piece of mail is not so high, and it’s not as though the organization scheme is so complex. On the other hand, my desk is not so cluttered as to be incapable of accepting another few tidily stacked pieces of paper, so I suspect it will be something of a struggle.