Five Top Tips for staying on top of paperwork and electronic files

Five Top Tips for staying on top of paperwork and electronic files

High powered jobs often also come with large amounts of paperwork for the business and in many cases the leadership and management of employees. Sometimes you’re grateful for a sustained block of time without interruption to concentrate on getting through your ‘to do list,’ let alone sorting and following through on the paperwork it’s creating or is coming in.

I’m the sort of person that didn’t like piles of paper as it made me worry there may be something really important somewhere within that pile, that needed addressing quickly. Equally, I had employees with lots of files sat on their desktop screen not saved elsewhere, which would have also been a total disaster if their computer crashed, as they wouldn’t be able to recover them.

If you are one of those people that does have mounds of paperwork around you or files on your desktop screen and doesn’t know where to start to improve upon this, these are my five top tips for sorting and staying on top of paperwork and electronic files:

  1. Make a list of your key roles/workload areas.
  2. Create lever arch folders/electronic files on your storage drive or cloud labelled with these areas as your headings.
  3. Sub-divide the level arch folder using file dividers/sub folders if electronically, breaking down into key areas. (for instance: a board meetings folder would then be broken down into finance, personnel, strategic planning, agenda, minutes…)
  4. Set aside and block off 1 – 2 hours in your diary each month to file what you have accumulated.
    1. Paper: Use a large clear surface and using post-it notes put your papers into common areas of your business and label with the post-it. This then makes it quicker, as you file all the related papers into the same folder all at once.
    2. Electronic: Open each main folder on your desktop and drag and drop the files into the correct window systematically.
  5. To avoid getting to that massive pile next time with paper, why not try using one of these methods below, so that you’re starting to file the smaller sub-sections as you go along day to day. The coloured plastic wallets worked the best for me!


How Busy Lives! can support you:

I am happy to help with organisational support including optimising the space and storage you already have at your business premises or home office.

I can help by:

  • Design a system that will work for you with how you store and stay on top of your paperwork.
  • Create clear and effective filing systems.
  • Provide the additional option for me to revisit on a quarterly basis to file new papers and maintain your system.
  • Enabling you to become paperless if you have the proper securities in place electronically by scanning, creating and saving your electronic home paperwork systematically on your behalf.

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Writing your first ever blog challenge!

Celebrate the differences in everyone!

It’s fabulous really, that we’re all an expert in our own individual fields and can compliment each other and develop a great working partnership as a result of it.

I learnt yet another new skill recently, from attending ‘Blogging for Business’ led by the extremely talented presenter. How amazing is that!

So what are my top five tips and actions from the course?

  1. Be consistent when you publish your blogs.
  2. Stick to your goals and principles of both you and your business when you are blog.
  3. Use the blog to showcase and get your knowledge base across.
  4. Use this as an opportunity for people to get to know you as a person through your blog.
  5. Don’t copy and paste your blog across different social media platforms.

One of the other people attending hadn’t heard of a E.A. before, which the presenter also clearly explained and gave this great example he uses his E.A. to organise and book all elements of his business trips. This in turn frees up time for him to spend more of his time at work concentrating on what he enjoys most and is really passionate about.

If you’re reading this and thinking ‘What takes me ages, that I don’t enjoy doing within my work, which would actually be more time and cost effective for someone else to do?’ then why not be brave and let me do this for you?

Have a look at the Busy Lives! Remote Support page on

Executive Virtual Assistant is just one of the services I can assist you with your workload and time management with.

I love organising!


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