who you are.
around your office. On your desk. On the floor. On top of the filing cabinet.
piles and more piles.
is as clear as can be. You, my friend, are a piler.
are not alone.
half of all American employees claim that they organize paper by piling it on
their desk. As this Fast Company article on Piles
highlights, "[s]ome of the world's most productive people are pilers. Al Gore,
for example, is a busy guy, with mounds of paper to prove it. [And] many
creative workers stay productive by keeping their virtual piles spread out and
easy to glance at on multiple screens." One executive is so committed to
"managing through piles" that she had an industrial designer build a desk "that
acknowledges her stacking habit, yet gives it shape and structure."
good evidence that nature, as opposed to nurture, drives people to pile.
Typically, pilers are right-brain dominant, creative types who are
visually oriented. They crave stimulation and thrive in environments where
there is a lot going on. To them, forming and sorting through piles is soothing
and constructive. By sharp contrast, filers crave order, ease and calm. To
maintain their equilibrium at work, they methodically categorize, label, purge
and store papers. They need to organize and clear their workspace before they
can begin to focus.
they might appear to be swimming in a sea of chaos, pilers usually know exactly
where to find what they need at any given moment. But, if your piles seem to be
getting the better of you, this WomensMedia post offers some helpful tips:
If you are still on the fence about your identity,
you can take a filer vs. piler quiz. If you are a proud piler
and you know it, we would love to hear from you. You can share your piling tips
and tools here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
by Carly Fadako
I confess! I am a 'piler.' Thank you for making it sound not so bad, even OK, lol. It seems no manner how hard I try to keep everything neat, orderly, and organized in my office, a last the piles form again.
Thank you for the tips. I Will try to apply.
And thank you Pendaflex for the neat file folders you sent. I will put them to good use.
oh dear.. do piles on piles qualify? would i LOVE to be organized? you bet alas... at least I know I am in good company with you Annette.
I once said the definition for clean between a neighbor and i, when my house was clean my piles are neat, when her house was clean there were no piles. nothing has changed
Where can I get a desk like the one mentioned in this article, designed for piling papers? It's not for me, but for one of our employees. I'd love to see an illustration or diagram.
Great article! I am definitely a filer! I go nuts with stacks of paper cluttering my desk.
Great tips! I am a filer and I work for a piler!
Why is it that some filers try to make pilers feel guilty about their organizational style? You have explained why my creative side wants to pile and now I feel less quilty about my system.
I'm a piler; which usually works for me...except when my cat-sitter accidently had my cat run onto the piles on my table chasing the laser pointer dot, and the piles ended up melding into incoherency!! Oops!
I am definately a filer but work with more than a few pilers. If they were pilers that new where everything was that would be great but, unfortunately that would not be the case!
I am a combination filer/piler. I like to pile information in my in basket, but I have it separated and labeled within folders.
I am definitely a filer - married to a piler - who works from a home office! The combination can sometimes be volatile!
I must resist the urge to "organize" him, because then, the next time he looks for something he can't find, it's my fault.
I must also resist the urge to help him when he's looking for something that he "just had", but can't find. As with discipline, I find the most effective response is to "let" him find it on his own. Such activities usually generate a flurry of "organization", which generates stacks for the shred box.
So I'm not the only one drowning in a sea of piles. When I'm feeling like I'm truly drowning, do I file. My boss is a filer until he feels overwhelmed and then his files become my piles. Ugh! I've been aware but at a loss on how to handle. I'll use the tips and hopefully become pileless. Keep up the great articles!
I am a piler. I have had box lids, boxes, and wire baskets plus general piles on my desk. My supervisor decided I needed help so she authorized the purchase of a 16 section literature cabinet that I have set on top of my file cabinet and I have gotten rid of many the boxes, box tops and desk piles.
I am a piler but what does Al Gore have to do with anything in this article? "Al Gore, for example, is a busy guy, with mounds of paper to prove it". So what? He is a hypocritical, lying millionaire profiting from the lies he spreads about global warming. Is he a partner in Pendaflex? If so, you just lost a customer.
I am not a piler, but I know of one. I am too OCD. I am a filer. Sometimes too much so, I can't remember where I file things. I am organized to confusion.
Oh Good lord. Al Gore is just a name that that is recognizable that was used. Pendaflex makes a good product and that is all that matters.
Our culture tends to breed visual learners. It makes sense that we would become visual workers i.e. "pilers."
I'd say I'm a pfiler. Piles of papers can be overwhelming because it's hard to know where to start but if you file it, you could forget about it which I tend to do so I try to pile like items together and use the pile smart clips and put those piles into various, labeled inboxes on my desk. However, I sometimes forget to look at the boxes on the far back corner of my desk because I don't see it all the time.
**** FOUR STARS! Like I stated on another post, I'm a pfiler. I do both, pile stuff and then file it in separate inboxes. I would've like to see the article go more indepth on organizing but it was still pretty good
Oh yeah, I'm a piler. At least the piles are in folders. Piles of them.
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