Step 2 ~ Collecting

Now it’s time to do the dirty work!


You’ll need to set aside enough time to complete the next 3 steps (Collect – Process – Organize).  The amount of time you’ll need depends on how big your mess is.  At minimum you will need a full working day … if you’re like me you’ll need a long weekend!

You’ll want to have a few basic things handy during the next 3 steps.  Among the things that most people need are:

  • Trash can
  • A large “in box”
  • Paper or 3×5 cards
  • File folders
  • Label maker
  • Stapler
  • Pen or pencil
  • calendar
  • notepad


Now that you’re ready, let’s get to it!


You’re first step is to collect everything from your physical environment (papers, notes, receipts, magazines, cards, office supplies, everything on/under/in your desk and surrounding area).  Take all this stuff and put it in your “in box.”

Don’t “do” anything with this stuff yet … just get it into your In Box!