The O.H.I.O.* principle has been very helpful to me in time management.
OHIO stands for:
In a time management seminar, I learned:
When going through my mail, sit next to the trash can. Immediately pitch extra mail. Only handle it once.
Schedule bills to be paid and record them appropriately. I find online banking to be a great time saver. Keep other material only if you can put it in a place where it will be later accessed.
Develop a good filing system so that when important information like tax documents arrive, you can immediately put them in the right place.
Avoid the basket full of assorted papers in which bills can be too easily lost. One late payment can cost a significant chunk of money.
I still haven’t arrived perfectly in OHIO, but I’m getting closer every day. And, it is saving me a lot of time.
*A book on forgiveness notwithstanding, I’m still bitter about a Hawkeye loss at the Horseshoe in 1986, in a Christian sort of way. So, I’m conceding nothing to the Ohio State Buckeyes.