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Chapter 4. Fighting the Data Deluge > Incoming! Taking Control of Paper at the ...

Incoming! Taking Control of Paper at the Point of Entry

We'll start with the biggest source of incoming household paper: the daily mail. Remember, the reason this matters is that you have to get to anything finance-related and move it over into your financial management system, so no matter how detailed you choose to be with the following projects, make sure your “money mail” is the top priority.

If paper management is a war, the daily mail delivery is a battle, and every item in your mailbox is The Enemy. Okay, maybe it's not that serious, but it's not something to be treated casually, either. If paper management was a no-brainer, thousands of professional organizers would be out of a job. So give this daily task the importance it requires with these ruthless rules for managing the mail:


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