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Demolishing the paperwork mountain

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 12:47 - Charmian Boyd


Paperwork needs to be done eventually - moving home or not.  Like most jobs - you just have to start and it is not so bad once you have begun.  Here are my top tips:


  • Be systematic, set aside the time regularly
  • Make piles for urgent action, review, rubbish/recycling, shred
  • File as you go – don’t just make new piles!  Have a filing system and stick to it
  • Take the rubbish/paper recycling  out after you have done a bit (it’s motivational)
  • If you are moving home it is very useful to have file with details of utility companies, solicitor, removals and estate agents to hand, so keep these to one side.
  • Think about the review pile – if you haven’t read something for 3 months – will you really ever?  Be honest.  I’ve met lots of people who confess to having piles of papers, magazines, books etc that they will read when they retire (and they have been retired for years)
  • Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.  I remember learning this word as a child and it has made an impact – in the words a great advert: Just do it!