Spending less time with mail, memos and email means spending more time with people.
One system for dealing with paper and email is know as the RAFT method. It stands for respond, assign, file or trash. Every paper, at work or home, can be handled in one of these 4 ways.
The first, “R” RESPOND- Means we take whatever action is necessary to deal with the paper. We make the call or we fill out the form.“T”- TRASH, is where most paper should go.
“A” – ASSIGN is the second option. We send it to the person whose responsibility it is to deal with this matter.
The third option is “F” – FILE. If we really do need to keep this information, file it. But don’t pile it.
The fourth option is “T”- TRASH. This is where most paper and email should go
Next time you feel like you are drowning in a flood of paper and email remember grabbing the RAFT, respond, assign, file, or trash can be an effective method of redeeming the time.
Rick Grubbs is best known as the host of “Redeeming the Time,” a one-minute radio program featured on hundreds of radio outlets around the world. He has spoken thousands of times on Biblical time management in all 50 states and 26 other countries. He is the author of the book “Morning Momentum: God’s plan for launching an unstoppable day”. He and his wife Carrie live in Salisbury NC with several of their 12 children.