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Paper Hoarding

Although I rarely watch TV at night, I have anxiously awaited the new A&E series on Hoarders which premiered last night. Based on all the comments about it on Facebook this morning, it looks as though the whole world was watching. 
The focus of the show was on how hoarding affects the home and family life of people who suffer from this debilitating problem.  As the hoarders on the show talked about the thought patterns that lead them to keep everything (even rotten pumpkins!), it struck me how much they sounded like business owners defending the decision to hold onto old documents and emails.  
In case you also watched the show and are as motivated to clean as I am this morning, here are some basic questions to ask yourself as you go through business papers:
1)      Is there any other place to get this information if I need it later?  (hint the Internet is almost always the answer)
2)      Are there any legal ramifications to not keeping this?
3)      Am I keeping this as a way to punish myself for missed opportunities, mistakes or some other negative experience? 
4)      What future benefit will I receive from keeping this?
Each day, the focus of a business owner's actions should be to protect and develop the future of the company.  Is all that paper from the past crowding out your future success?   

posted on: 8/18/2009 10:01:03 AM by Shana Prichard
category: Business

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Shana M. Prichard, MBA owns realign, llc, a professional organizing firm. realign, llc provides small business organizing services including filing system design/implementation, desk and time management and QuickBooks set up and training. realign, llc also provides home-office organizing services to individuals.

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