Remember when they promised us the paperless office? Ha! For most of us, things have actually become worse. It’s time we made a stand and took back control.
First, try heading it off at the pass. Cancel unnecessary subscriptions. Arrange to receive bills online.
Secondly, think before you print. Make a note of receipt numbers on the bill instead of printing the whole receipt. If printing is absolutely necessary, reuse once-used paper.
Thirdly, consider what papers you keep. Unless required for tax purposes, paid accounts can be tossed once payment is confirmed. There’s no need to file them for the future.
And finally, for those papers which must be kept, set up a really user-friendly filing system. And remember, the user is you. Make file names that make sense to you. Make them logical and they’ll be easy to retrieve.
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