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Universal problem. So much so in fact, that the early Americal patriot who said, "The price of liberty is eternal vigilance" was actually talking about managing paperwork. They took his words out of context for political reasons. ;)

I've found I have to process some papers every single day without fail, or they start to win. As the person before me mentioned, it helps to cut off the junk mail at the pass. I bring the mail into the kitchen and throw out the junk and the outer envelopes right away. The survivors go in a cubby of my desk. The next morning I process it all - filing statements, making calls, answering letters, etc. Anything that requires action that I can't do right then goes in the bright orange Action Folder in the top cubby. That way I always know where to look for the theatre tickets, the bills, etc.

Two years ago I bought a desk that has a file drawer built in. The wastebasket sits by the desk. When I process paperwork I don't have to move or reach much to file things and throw stuff out. I keep stamps, labels, pens and scissors right in front of me in a cubby. If I have excuses to not take care of something, it won't get done!

My desk is covered with papers right now (taxes), and in a few minutes I'll go out to the mailbox and bring more in. Sheesh.

Holding my own against paper
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