2. Put everything back where it belongs. At the end of the day, clear off your desk and return every file and document to it’s proper place. This way everything will be exactly where it should be when you need it the next time.
3. Insist on the essentials before you begin a project. Prior to starting, gather all the materials you need beforehand. For a writer, that may mean a complete package of research materials. For a builder, it may mean gathering all the tools and supplies needed. Collect what you need first so you can work until completion, without the need for an unnecessary break in productivity.
4. Avoid the temptation to stack paper on your desk. File it so you know exactly where it is. Minimize the number of times you handle each piece of paper.
5. Capitalize on all the valuable resources that are right in front of you. Your own personal Rolodex of important contacts you can count on, can spare you a lot of needless searching. A good librarian can help you find information on anything and most are happy to do so. Government offices, the Internet as well as directories like the Yellow Pages can all be valuable sources of time saving information. Use them.