Now that's not to say that you shouldn't hold on to things that you are currently utilizing, or documents that may be needed for an audit down the road. However, most things we hold on to just keep us grounded in the past. They keep us comfortable.
To determine what stays and what goes, ask yourself these five questions:
1. What purpose does this serve?
2. Does this reflect a 21st century vision?
3. Why am I keeping it?
4. How will I use it next time?
5. Does this keep my school moving forward?
To be a transformational leader, you must look to build on past successes rather than simply repeat the past. Know where you want to go and you'll always lead in the right direction.
This one small step of purging your files, is both tangible and symbolic. It demonstrates you are forward thinking. Do this regularly and you'll be free of those dusty files in no time!