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The notion that getting organized once and for all is hard is all-too-common, and completely false.  

If you think about it, you can see it for yourself: Is it really hard to take a piece of paper, put it in a manila folder, label it, and put the manila folder in a container? Unless you are handicapped in a way that prevents you from using your hands normally, you will probably agree with me that any of those individual actions is easy.  

Yet many feel that organizing papers is hard... Why is it?  

It’s because people don’t know how to create a system to keep their papers in order. No wonder, since no one teaches it. We pick up cues from our parents, our teachers, mentors, co-workers, but no one really teaches us the process from beginning to end. So there is a partial system, where some - or a lot of - papers get mixed, misplaced, or not organized at all. Yet, all it takes to create a paper management system that works is some simple guidelines, such as:
- Use no more than 5 broad categories in your filing system
- Never mix unopened mail with anything else (it’s a recipe for late fees).
- Always have some sort of container for your papers, so that they don’t just pile up randomly
- for easy filing, always use a hanging folder AND a manila folder, both with the same label. This way, your paper is always linked to its home (with the manila folder) and is easy to file back (just look for the identical label in the drawer)

it’s actually quite easy and intuitive to create a paper management system that works for you and is easy to maintain. It’s just a matter of learning the right skills and rules.  

And please, don’t believe that you can’t! Unless you have an OCD around owning or accumulating stuff, in which case you need to deal with the reasons why you keep clutter first, you can learn to organize your papers, just like you’ve probably long ago learned how to read, write and do basic math. It’s simpler than those skills...  

Next installment: I’m scared I’ll throw away the wrong thing.

 Yours in Daily Mastery,

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