Friday, November 29, 2019

Organizing Paperwork – Where to Start

Piles of papers all over your home or office can seem overwhelming. With bills, junk mail, reports, and other information piling up on desks, tables, and counters, sorting through it all is a daunting task.  Often, people don’t even know where to start.  Luckily, we can help!

The first step to tackling the paperwork mess is to make a commitment to lighten the load of information your brain must process.  Simply put, you need to receive, read, and consume less data overall.  How would one do this, you might ask.  The most effective way of accomplishing this would be to change your habits.  If you stopped watching multimedia, quit listening to music, decided not to read books, and didn’t view magazines, you’d certainly by well on your way to shielding yourself from the extra, unnecessary information in a world plagued by information overload.  Since that is obviously hard and may be unrealistic in modern society, I suggest that you minimize the amount of paper information you receive and keep in your life. 

       It sounds simple enough, but how does one go about limiting their consumption of information in a world constantly calling for your attention?  It all starts with physical mail your home takes in.  I have worked with countless people to wade through their mounds of paperwork that they have accumulated over varying periods of time.  The sad reality is that about 80% of the mail I open is unsolicited.  In other words, they are paying me to open their junk mail that they didn’t want or ask for! 

       To stop the paper pileup, you first must get through the backlog and keep mail current.  There’s no other way.  One idea to help is to put a recycle bin right next to the door to stop junk mail from entering your home.  You can even consider putting a fun sign on the container!  Once you’ve accomplished that, you can then spend time to remove your name from the many marketing lists you’ve probably found yourself on, whether you found yourself on them voluntarily or not.  Writing to or calling any of the current “DO NOT CALL” lists alone is usually ineffective at stopping all marketers in my experience.  Doing so might stop a few senders, but it won’t stop them all.  The best way to get results is to contact the individuals who have sent or continue to send you unsolicited mail.  It may seem tedious to contact all the people and organizations sending you unwanted pieces of mail, but in the end, it will be worth the extra effort when the flow of junk mail lessens.  It will save you time in the years to come by preventing you from opening and paying attention to future junk mail and this will lead to less paperwork occupying your fridge, counter, and kitchen table.

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