Saturday, June 13, 2009

how paperless are you?

Are you feeling like you're buried under an avalanche of paper sometimes? Most of us are right there with you. We've all gotten overwhelmed with of the paper that is around us. It seems like the more we talk about going paperless, the more paper it generates!

So how to you start on your journey to a paperless life?

First, you will need a few tools:

- A good shredder (preferably a diamond cut shredder that makes confetti out of your paper)

- A safety deposit box or fireproof box

- A portable hard drive to back up your computer files

Next, declutter the unnecessary paper around you:

- Set up a filing system on your computer…and remember to back it up regularly!
- Use electronic features to pay your bills and request to view all bills/statements online only.
- Eliminate your junk mail by registering with the Direct Marketing Association (DMA)

- Sort your mail at the shredder
- Handle each piece of paper only once

- Cancel any unneeded or unwanted subscriptions

Finally, keep it under control:

All of the systems in the world won't do a bit of good if you don't keep on top of it. By reducing the amount of paper you have to deal with on a daily basis, it is easier to keep up with it. Don't let your `to be filed' basket be filled to overflowing. Instead, file each piece as it comes into the house. Then it is no longer a mountain threatening an avalanche when you walk by.

You can start with just 15 minutes TODAY and you will be on your way to a paperless life!

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