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Computers promised to transform homes and offices into paperless environments, but decades later, we’re still swimming in colorful sheets of information. The act of filing hasn’t gotten any easier either. Indeed, no big improvements in the filing world have occurred except for the addition of colored hanging files to the traditional green-grey selection. You’d think after so many years, someone would come up with something revolutionary! But at the end of the day, we’re still storing our printed documents in those blessed hanging folders, because going paperless requires a lot of trust in technology and we’re just not that motivated to make a complete switch.
All this paper clutter is weighing you down. Literally. Studies have shown that tasks left incomplete create a level of anxiety that can only be eliminated when the tasks are completed. For some, this anxiety is motivating. The multitasker has ten projects going on all at once and thrives off of completing a task just so a new one can take its place. For others, the thought of having unfinished work is terrifying. The procrastinator can’t stand open loops and incomplete tasks, so she waits until the very last minute to start. But even procrastinators can’t avoid the anxiety that creeps in as papers are left on the kitchen counter, the entry table, the steps, and the dining room buffet. Eventually, the paper clutter must be dealt with because it becomes it’s very own incomplete task. It’s time to cross this one off your list.
And we’re going to do it all in ONE week! Who’s with me?!
Just now checking out the series? Here's part 1, part 2, and part 3 so you can quickly follow along.
If you’re really motivated, you could knock this out in a few hours’ time with my friend Lisa Woodruff's Organize All Your Papers in One Weekend program. If you’ve only got 15-30 minutes a day, the results will be the same but at a slower pace. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to catch all the paper-processing details!