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!
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SECTION ONE—Things with which to engage daily:
This is my current binder. (I have the blue compact binder.)
This is my current filler. (I’m currently using the “Seasons” Compact Two Pages per Day Filler, which isn’t available right now, but also love the “Blooms” filler.)
Context-Based Next Actions List
OR Franklin Compact Progressive Task List (I prefer these….)
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 big white board hanging in my office.
Routines and Responsibilities: Asana
Waiting List: File Folder inside Magazine Holder (see links below with Someday and Incubation)
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…):
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!