Real-World Time Management

By Roy Alexander; Michael S. Dobson | Go to book overview

CHAPTER 15
OPERATE YOUR WORKSTATION
OR IT'LL OPERATE YOU

“Next to the dog, the wastebasket is your best friend. “

—B. C. FORBES

A New York public relations character once announced—in all seriousness—he'd discovered the perfect way to solve the burgeoning paper problem. “Take everything in your in-box and put it in your out-box,” he said. “It goes away and takes three days to get back!”

We thought he was kidding—until we caught him actually doing it! All too many antipaper plans are either like his (delaying the inevitable while holding up work) or overagonizing (solving problem A but sticking you with problem B in the process). There are, however, techniques to guide you between The Rock and the Hard Place. Listen up:


VIEW PAPER AS FLUID

When you start thinking of paper as fluid—some see it as a sewer analogy— you're on the right track. Water that sits becomes stagnant and murky, takes on green film, attracts bugs. So does paper. Not only do you have to “go with the flow,” so does the paper.

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