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Your know what? I’m not going to lie to you. Going through all the piles of paper you have, and filing them all where they belong (trash included) does take some time. But you do have the time to get it done!  

People who tell me that they don’t have the time usually proceed by telling me that it’s absolutely impossible for them to set aside blocks of an hour, much less three hours, in their busy schedule to deal with their paper. If you can’t free up this time at all, we probably need to work together on your time management, but let’s set this aside for the time being.  

Who ever said that you had to set aside a large block of time to go through your papers?  

What about working on reducing your clutter for 10 or 15 minutes every day? You'd be surprised how much you can go through in just a quarter of an hour... And [Link Removed] to allow you to organize your papers in stages, so that, even in the middle of your re-organization process, you still can work normally.  

Think about it: Finding 15 minutes every day for a few weeks (and I’m sure you can find those 15 minutes) to take care of your papers will eventually give you back an hour every day of every year... Isn’t taking this time worth it?  

Last installment: My papers have to stay all out. If I put them in drawers, I forget all about them!  

Yours in Daily Mastery,
Karin


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      Vikki Hall wrote Mar 12, 2010
    • I can do this!



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      Max0125 wrote Mar 12, 2010
    • Thanks for the post! I am cleaning up my office now and have a drawer that really needs my attention.



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      Veggie wrote Mar 13, 2010
    • In good faith, I can not say I do not have the time.

      I am very much aware that I look at the mess, get overwhelmed and avoid it at all costs!

      Several attempts to organize has resulted in separating into piles, feel I have had enough and the organized piles never get tended to again.  As new ones accumulate and the organized ones sometimes get pushed together leaving them not organized anymore tongue out

      How soon can you come over here?

      Seriously, I’ve tried the one hour thing and the one handful at a time.  It’s the consistency and ‘finishing’ that I have trouble with.

      Another thing that holds me back (here comes the blame game), Mike is absolutely no help.  I feel they are mostly his business papers (copies of his invoices & contracts) and feel he ‘should’ help in some way.

      Even as I write that, I realize that this is part of our business ‘agreement’ and basically, it’s my job to do this.  So, it’s all me worried and my issue with organization that I need to work on.

      I can go on a rant sometimes, ha!  Thanks for listening anyway.



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      Kyah wrote Mar 14, 2010
    • Thanks for the ideas, Karin. I don’t think a few minutes a day will help get rid of all the decades of stuff I’ve been lugging around from move to move (17 times since I left my parents’ home at 19 years old, and I’m sure I’ve missed a couple in counting). I’m a writer, astrologer and artist, so paper is like breathing. I have tossed a great deal of paper and old magazines since I’ve moved into my new place last year, but there’s still a lot of boxes and bags to go through yet. I think I’m going to use a few vacation days to blast through. I’ve seen that show Hoarders on A&E and am thankful I’m not as bad as the people featured on the show, however, I want to get as much of it out of my life before I get too tired or old to haul it out of here.

      You are right about the shredding companies, by the way. When I worked in the hospitals, I used to bring my shred-ables to work and toss them in the receptacles which I can do now at the place I work now. It’s just lugging them on 3 buses that stops me! Something’s got to give because I want to use my living room for living, not storing stuff!



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      Mz. Queen wrote Mar 14, 2010
    • 15 minutes I can do, right after I eattongue out



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      Mindy Wilson wrote Mar 14, 2010
    • Okay..I will do something by this time tomorrow. I can do something right?
      Thanks so much,
      Mindy



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      Karin Vibe-Rheymer-Stewart, Ph.D. wrote Mar 15, 2010
    • Wow! Great comments all...  

      Veggie, you‘re very welcome. This is a safe place to rant, feel free to do so at any time. It is true that sometimes the people in our lives are part of the problem, but letting go can help. I’ll give you a personal example: even though we’ve had a dishwasher for 5 years now, my husband still has a lot of trouble putting dishes in the dishwasher - they go in the sink instead. I used to rant and rave because after all, it was his fault, his responsibility to put his dishes in the dishwasher. Then one day, tired of it, tired of being upset (tried to nag him, not exactly productive estatic), I decided to change how I looked at it: instead of looking at it as him not doing what he was supposed to, I looked at my doing it for him as a gesture of love. As if by magic, my anger and resentment disappeared. doesn’t mean I let him be a slob - he’s not! - but it’s one area where it was easier for me to change my outlook than his behavior. Maybe it’s the same with the papers and your husband...

      Kyah, you’d be surprised how much gets done by devoting just 15 minutes a day to a task... I learned this from Martha Beck (author of several books and columnist in O Magazine). She had her son - born with Down’s - at the same time she was writing her PhD thesis, and finished her thesis by devoting 15 minutes a day to it.  

      Mindy: how did it go? What did you do?  

      Hugs to all of you!  

      Karin



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      Veggie wrote Mar 16, 2010
    • Hi Karin,

      What is it with men & not putting things in the dishwasher?  Mike does that too.

      Changing our view is so true.  I have done it with the dishwasher and will do it with the papers!  THANKS!  Because I agree, it does work with our own attitude - which is the only thing we actually do have control over anyway.

      And I also agree with the Act of Kindness/Love.  Great point.

      Really enjoy your articles.  Keep them coming heart



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