Dealing with One of the Most Challenging Forms of Clutter: Paper Clutter.
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Often, it’s much more anxiety-provoking and draining than going through a clothes closet or a desk drawer.
Some people think they'll regret getting rid of papers and wished they'd kept some of it.
You can create a holding box: put papers in that box for six months—or even a year, if you're really worried—and see if you ever need to retrieve anything from that box. If you don't, get rid of the box
Don't make files so specific that you can't find anything later, or so that you spend all your time labeling files.
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A good way to get rid of clutter is to turn each piece of paper that you're keeping around into an action item in your planner.
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Spend 5 minutes each morning preparing your task list to have only accomplishable tasks that fit the time you have available. Keep other tasks on a holding list for another day.
Set a timer for 15 minutes, shut out the world and concentrate with intense focus on one and only one task. Closing your door and turning off your phone and internet are specially important.
Recognize that not everything in your list must be done. When in doubt, delete it from your list; if it is important you’ll eventually add it back.
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