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Ending the Paperwork Nightmare
by Maria Gracia

With all of the paperwork flowing into our lives day after day, itís easy for it to get out-of-control. Forms, memos, letters, catalogs, mail, flyers and advertising are stacked in our In-Boxes day after day. Leave it untouched for a day, and youíve got yourself a paperwork pile. Leave it untouched for a week or more, and youíve got yourself a paperwork nightmare!

Here are a few simple ideas to help end the nightmare and get it under control:

  1. BREAK IT DOWN. Break the job, of reducing your paperwork, into smaller pieces. Instead of trying to organize ALL of your paperwork at once, set a series of mini goals instead. For example, Day 1, go through one pile; Day 2, go through your In-Box, and so on.
  2. THE 4 D'S OF EFFECTIVE PAPER MANAGEMENT. Over 80% of the paper most people have in their offices is either out-of-date or will be of no further use to them. The 4 D's of Effective Paper Management are: Do it, Delay it, Delegate it and Dump it (see my article on the 4 Dís). The Dump it solution should not be taken lightly. A large percentage of the papers in your office (except for legal or tax related documents), especially the ones in boxes that haven't been looked at for years or months, can probably be trashed.
  3. DON'T LET IT PILE UP. If you hate filing, I'm guessing that one of the primary reasons is because you are overwhelmed with your current filing situation. If you only had 1 or 2 pieces of paper to file, you likely wouldn't see the task as so daunting. Once your office is organized and an effective filing system is in place, filing will become an easier task. That is, as long as you file on a daily or weekly basis.
  4. GET HELP! It often helps to get a friend or organizer to give you a hand. If a month goes by and you discover you haven't even started yet, I suggest you get some help.

by Maria Gracia - Get Organized Now!
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