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by Maria Gracia | Updated on December 15, 2023 Join our newsletter to be notified when new content is added to our website. Managing the incessant flow of paperwork can easily devolve into chaos. Forms, notes, letters, and various documents tend to accumulate rapidly, forming an overwhelming paper mountain if left unattended. Delay the sorting process, and you'll find yourself in the midst of full-blown paperwork chaos. Here are some practical tips to help you tackle the paperwork monster and maintain order: 1. Break It into Chunks: Instead of attempting to conquer all your paperwork in one go, break the task into smaller, manageable chunks. For instance, on Day 1, focus on one pile, and on Day 2, address your inbox. Taking on bits at a time makes the entire process less daunting. 2. The 4 D's Rule: Many of the papers cluttering your space are likely outdated or unnecessary. Follow the 4 D's rule: o Do It: If it requires action, take immediate steps. o Delay It: If it holds potential value, place it in an "action" or "archive" location. o Delegate It: Pass it along if someone else should handle it. o Dump It: Dispose of it (recycle), but exercise caution—some items may require saving, such as legal or tax papers. 3. Sort Mail Like a Pro: When opening mail, do so over a trash can or recycling bin. Discard unwanted catalogs and ads promptly. Sort the remaining items immediately to prevent a mail mountain from forming. 4. File a Bit Every Day: If filing feels overwhelming, it's likely due to an out-of-control situation. Imagine having only a few papers to deal with instead of a towering stack. Establish a filing routine, whether daily or weekly, to maintain consistency. 5. Go Digital When You Can: Embrace digital alternatives to traditional mail and physical documents. Use email for communication and information sharing. However, exercise restraint—avoid printing every email and store information on your computer. Beware of digital clutter. 6. Chill on the Copies: Resist the urge to make excessive copies "just in case." Unnecessary duplicates lead to a surplus of unused copies. Copy only when absolutely necessary to avoid unnecessary waste. 7. Be Real with Reading Goals: While the desire to read everything is common, be realistic. The pile of material earmarked for future reading may never be addressed. Be honest with yourself and pare down the collection regularly. If reading is a priority, consider scheduling a daily reading hour. Implementing these strategies will set you on the path to conquering the paper frenzy. Bid farewell to chaos and welcome a world where you're in control of your paperwork, not the other way around! Back to Organizing Paper and Going Paperless Index

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by Maria Gracia Updated December 15, 2023 Join our newsletter to be notified when new content is added to our website. Managing the incessant flow of paperwork can easily devolve into chaos. Forms, notes, letters, and various documents tend to accumulate rapidly, forming an overwhelming paper mountain if left unattended. Delay the sorting process, and you'll find yourself in the midst of full-blown paperwork chaos. Here are some practical tips to help you tackle the paperwork monster and maintain order: 1. Break It into Chunks: Instead of attempting to conquer all your paperwork in one go, break the task into smaller, manageable chunks. For instance, on Day 1, focus on one pile, and on Day 2, address your inbox. Taking on bits at a time makes the entire process less daunting. 2. The 4 D's Rule: Many of the papers cluttering your space are likely outdated or unnecessary. Follow the 4 D's rule: o Do It: If it requires action, take immediate steps. o Delay It: If it holds potential value, place it in an "action" or "archive" location. o Delegate It: Pass it along if someone else should handle it. o Dump It: Dispose of it (recycle), but exercise caution—some items may require saving, such as legal or tax papers. 3. Sort Mail Like a Pro: When opening mail, do so over a trash can or recycling bin. Discard unwanted catalogs and ads promptly. Sort the remaining items immediately to prevent a mail mountain from forming. 4. File a Bit Every Day: If filing feels overwhelming, it's likely due to an out-of- control situation. Imagine having only a few papers to deal with instead of a towering stack. Establish a filing routine, whether daily or weekly, to maintain consistency. 5. Go Digital When You Can: Embrace digital alternatives to traditional mail and physical documents. Use email for communication and information sharing. However, exercise restraint—avoid printing every email and store information on your computer. Beware of digital clutter. 6. Chill on the Copies: Resist the urge to make excessive copies "just in case." Unnecessary duplicates lead to a surplus of unused copies. Copy only when absolutely necessary to avoid unnecessary waste. 7. Be Real with Reading Goals: While the desire to read everything is common, be realistic. The pile of material earmarked for future reading may never be addressed. Be honest with yourself and pare down the collection regularly. If reading is a priority, consider scheduling a daily reading hour. Implementing these strategies will set you on the path to conquering the paper frenzy. Bid farewell to chaos and welcome a world where you're in control of your paperwork, not the other way around! Back to Organizing Paper and Going Paperless Index
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