to the Big Busienss eNewsletter! We hope you enjoy the tips,
tools, and techniques for improving YOUR plus size business!
Drowning In a Sea of Paperwork or eMail?
Get a RAFT!
RAFT is an
acronym for Refer, Action, File, and Toss. This system works with
email, too! Look at each postcard, letter, email, etc. and quickly
sort them into one of four categories – Refer, Action, File,
it. If you get 20 pieces of mail in your inbox and take only 5 seconds
to decide how to handle each one, you will spend 100 seconds (less
than 2 minutes) on dealing with that tidal wave of paperwork. Can
you tread water for 2 minutes? Probably.
BUT, if you
handle each piece several times and ponder what to do, that 2 minutes
could turn into 2 hours. It’s doubtful you can comfortably
do the doggie paddle for that long, so you need a RAFT to take you
how it works:
This is mail to pass on to an associate, friend, secretary, relative,
etc. It may be business related, or not. Just get it out of your
pile and into the out box! Use junk mail and spam stoppers on your
computer to help minimize the flow.
Action: Some of these can be handled immediately
and others may need additional information or investigation before
action can be completed. To avoid distraction, resist action until
all incoming papers or emails have been sorted.
This is information you believe you need to keep for future
reference. Mark the file subject on the front, and, if appropriate,
mark a discard date on it, too.
and newspapers fall into this category. Keep them in a pile rather
than in a file cabinet. If you haven’t read a magazine within
a year or a newspaper within a week, by all means toss it before
it grows into an ugly and overwhelming heap. An exception may be
to keep Buyers’ Guides and Resource Issues for 1 or 2 years
Here’s where you TRULY need to be strong. Unless you are REALLY
interested (in which case you’ll take action), or know you
REALLY need this info (in which case you’ll file it) …..just
the same junk mail will appear in your box again. At that time you
can decide to refer it, take action, file it, or toss it …again.
time those waves of mail are crashing over your head, reach for
your RAFT and use the time you’ll save to do something more
enjoyable than wading through your mail!
What are you waiting for?
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