Efforts to control your paper can eat up a significant portion of your day, slow your productivity to a halt, and just plain stress you out. Plus, if that’s not enough, searching for solutions will have you sifting and filtering through hundreds, if not thousands of books, articles, and blogs hyping the latest and greatest products and concepts for managing your paper or going paperless. Next thing you know, you’re failing miserably at things like The OHIO Rule (Only Handle It Once) or your newly created 43-folder tickler system.
For me, it always helps to try to figure out the why behind a problem. Once I’m able to wrap my brain around my stumbling blocks, only then can I create solutions. From where I stand, these are the three most common reasons why paper is such a pain.
Ever Tried Drinking Out Of A Fire Hose?
The volume of paper we’ve got coming into our homes and lives is overwhelming. Most people have no idea how to control the flow paper flow. According to CatalogChoice.org the average American will spend 8 months of their lives dealing with junk mail–and that’s just the junk mail. Now, over a lifetime 8 months may seem like a drop in the bucket, but I can think of quite a few other things I’d like to be doing with those 8 months!
Not Born Organized?
I don’t buy it. Sure, some people have natural skills that help them to be better organized but many of us don’t know exactly how. Paper Organizing 101 was not taught at any school I ever attended, nor did I learn this skill at home growing up. Plus, how could our parents and teachers ever have anticipated and prepared us for how paper would infiltrate and inundate our homes and lives?
What Is Paper?
Mostly, we think of paper as a noun. It’s the material the material that is used in the form of thin sheets for writing or printing on. Rather than the verb it should be categorized as. We use paper as a prompt for actions and decisions…or to torture ourselves while serving as reminders for what we have unwritten/unspoken commitments to that we haven’t done yet, but let’s not go there today, k?
How Are You Supposed To Know What Works?
Where do you start? Welp, now you’re on your own. Get to it! Jus’ kitten (as my 2 1/2 year old would say). Of course, I’m here for you. What is your biggest paper pain? Let me know in the comments.
Ciao for now!