Tip 57. Have an Inbox on one side of your desk and an Outbox on the other.

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Is your Inbox on top of your Outbox? If it is, tell it to get off.

The reason many people have an Inbox and Outbox on top of one another is to save desk space. However you won’t need to if you only have five items on your desk.

By keeping the boxes on opposite sides of your desk, you are creating a specific energy path or flow of information. “Wax on. Wax off. Paper in. Paper out.” Paper flows into your office via your Inbox, goes to you for a decision, and then flows out through your Outbox.

Hey! Could Mr. Miyagi in the Karate Kid movie be wrong?

P.S. Make sure to label your Inbox. Otherwise you have a 50-50 chance of the paper going to the wrong box.

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