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When I last talked about this subject I suggested that you manage mail and lighten up on thinking you have to accumulate so much information. Today I'll suggest:

Take a long hard look at your subscription list (snail mail and email!).  Decide if you're keeping up with the reading required.  If you're not, then it time to stop or unsubscribe to some of those subscriptions and keep only the ones that you really want and need to read.  If possible, have someone pre-screen your business related reading and do some screening yourself by clipping only the most essential articles for reading then throw the remainder of the magazine away.  (Remember it's over 70% advertizing anyway!)
Decide to make a vow to yourself that you will make a decision about your paperwork.  It's usually indecision that causes those piles to accumulate.   You toss it into a pile "just for now" and before you know it you're stumbling over those piles!   So, decide to read it, file it, pay it, or do it.
This is a major word in time and paper management.  To insure that your TO-DO box doesn't turn into an "abyss", begin or end each day by going through the box and prioritizing what needs to be done.  Put these papers front and center on your desk so that you'll deal with these papers first.
This is often the beginning of the end.  If this seems to be your main problem then try to do the worst thing first to get it over with.  It's been said that "inch by inch anything's a cinch" so tackle your paper pain in small bites and chunks. 
Whatever is holding you back should be given to someone else to take care of.  It may not be done the way you would do it so remind yourself, "Good enough is best!"

posted on: 4/19/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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