A STEP Command Central is a seamless system that holds your ideas, papers, thoughts, goals, tasks, and “stuff” in a way that works WITH your brain—so you never have to think about those items until it’s time to work on a specific task, and at that point, you can find anything you need within 30 seconds.
My dream? A STEP Command Central (“STEP” stands for Steps to Everyday Productivity) on every desk, because I honestly believe it will change the world.
The magic of STEP is that it helps you organize all your “stuff” into three simple sections:
In my home, all of that ends up looking like this:
Along with this:
Links to all my favorite products are below!
And then to learn how to actually use the system—or to find out about our Steps to Everyday Productivity program—visit our free training!
Franklin Planner (Daily Version)
I currently use a blue compact binder. You can find binder options by going to shop.franklinplanner.com. A suggested search to find something like mine would be the FC Signature Leather Zipper Binder.
I’m currently using the “Seasons” Compact Two Pages per Day Filler, but I also love the “Blooms” filler. They have a variety of options, and you can search through the website to find one you would love.
FC Signature Leather Zipper Binder
Blooms Daily Ring-bound Planner
Plus a pouch for cash and credit card holders…
Franklin Planner Clear Zipper Pouch
Franklin Planner Business-Credit Card Holder
And *EnerGel pens. 🙂
Context-Based Next Actions List
To keep this in my Franklin Planner, I can use the Compact Pouch Pagefinder and Cards OR the Franklin Compact Progressive Task List. (I prefer these….)
Ring-bound Pouch Pagefinder + Weekly Compass Cards
Progressive Task List
Again, each of these can be found at shop.franklinplanner.com with a search.
Emails to Zero
SECTION TWO—Things with which to engage weekly:
I paid $24.99 for *this inbox. If it’s listed for a lot more than that, you can use CamelCamelCamel to set up a price watch on this item–they will email you when the price drops below the amount you would like to pay!
Current Projects List
I keep my lists and details in a digital product management software (free version for now) called Asana.
And I write all my projects for the month on a chalkboard that hands in my office.
You could also use a big white board.
Read and Review
Basket (just a simple one…)
Or, if you’re often on the go, you could use *a clear magazine-sized envelope like these:
SECTION THREE—Things with which to engage as needed:
IKEA—not in stock. But *this is a similar one on Amazon:
**Note: The dimensions on this filing cabinet differ from the IKEA filing cabinet. If you would like to explore some other IKEA options that are part of the same line as the 2-drawer filing cabinet (not available), check out these options:
*These cubbies are on Amazon (I recommend you purchase two…):
There are some other options on our Amazon Store, as well!
Tickler: Mine is currently out of stock, but you can use *any vertical desktop file holder.
Someday, Incubation, and Weekly Review Resources
I recommend having two. You can purchase inexpensive cardboard ones (a few dollars each), but I love *these wooden ones that come in a set of two:
(Again, I spent around $45 on these. If they cost a lot more, feel free to put a price watch on them!)
My very FIRST STEP Command Central looked like this:
I didn’t purchase anything new and simply used whatever I had around the house. Members of our community have even started with just file folders—or even cereal boxes instead of cubbies.
The goal isn’t to buy a lot of office supplies. The goal is to have a system you LOVE that helps you keep your mind, papers, email, tasks, projects, and “everything else” in order so you can live your unique purpose.
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Good luck building YOUR Command Central! We’re excited for you!