I’m a piler. Piles of books. Piles of magazines. Piles of printouts, mail, and bills. They’re nice, tidy piles — that sit untouched for days, weeks, months until I need something that I know is in one of those piles, if I could only remember which one … Via John Ratey’s “Delivered From Distraction” comes a great tip for pile control: the OHIO method, in which OHIO is an acronym for Only Handle It Once. Here’s how it works:
Either act on it right away (if it’s a bill, pay it; if it’s a magazine, read it), file it away immediately in an appropriate spot (i.e., not a pile) or throw it away if it’s junk — but Only Handle It Once. Your office desktop/bedroom floor/dining room table will never be the same.