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A paper diet for the New Year

This year, I’m actually fairly happy with the readout on my bathroom scale. But it’s January 1st, and I am still going to start a diet: a paper diet. Because over the years I’ve accumulated so much paper that I can no longer walk through my home office comfortably.

It’s everywhere: There are piles on my desk, stacks on the counter and storage boxes on the floor. The closet, cupboards, cubbyholes and filing cabinet are all bursting with paper. Filing never seems to make my priority list, and finding what I need when I need it takes far too long.

Getting my work done in a space full of clutter is such a chore that I often opt to work at Starbucks, my satellite office, where I can concentrate without all the visual distraction that surrounds me when I’m seated at my own desk.

This has got to stop.

Fortunately, I have the answer. Unfortunately, it’s going to require me to develop some new habits. Fortunately, I have terrific tools to assist me in this process. Plus now I have you, my cyber-friends, to encourage me—or at least to hold me accountable. And who knows? Perhaps my quest for a paperless life may inspire some of you to follow suit. So, here we go!

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