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19 Feb

Where did I put that receipt?

Datum: 2010-02-19 10:50

Have you ever expe­ri­enced los­ing the receipts you got dur­ing a busi­ness trip that you had to account for, that the notes you took dur­ing the con­fer­ence just dis­ap­peared, or per­haps the busi­ness cards you received at the min­gle par­ty appar­ent­ly were nowhere to be found?

They have prob­a­bly dis­ap­peared because you put them some­where in order to be han­dled once back at the office and now you can’t recall exact­ly where this some­where” is.

Portable Inbox

This doesn’t need to hap­pen again. Get your­self a portable inbox which you car­ry with you at all times, per­haps a stur­dy plas­tic case. You put every­thing you have to deal with lat­er when you’re back at the office in this portable inbox. It may for exam­ple be receipts and tick­ets that need to be account­ed for, notes from a meet­ing that you have to type up, busi­ness cards from dif­fer­ent peo­ple that have to be added as a con­tact to the con­tact list, a hasti­ly scrib­bled task to add to the to-do list, etc. When seat­ed at your office desk, you just emp­ty your inbox and take care of every­thing that you’ve accu­mu­lat­ed so far.

Once again, consistency

The point of it all is con­sis­ten­cy. If you, when you stand there with the lunch receipt in hand, know exact­ly what to do with it, you’ll nev­er have to look for lost lunch receipts again, and you’ll always be able to relax and feel rest assured that every­thing that has to be dealt with back at the office will be easy to find. You gain time, ease and relaxation.

Do this

  1. On your list of things to do when you’ve got spare time while shop­ping, write down to go to a sta­tionery shop and pick up a durable plas­tic case that has an open­ing in one end so you eas­i­ly can put down the receipts in it, prefer­ably with­out hav­ing to take it out of your bag.
  2. Buy the plas­tic case.
  3. Put the plas­tic case in your bag and from now on put all your need-back-at-office mate­ri­als in it.

How do you do it?

Does your portable inbox look dif­fer­ent? Do you have anoth­er way of not loos­ing receipts and oth­er sim­i­lar doc­u­ments or notes?

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