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Introduction

Introduction

This is for all of you who, upon scanning the piles on your desk, have said, “I can lay my hands on anything,” and then could not. This is for all of you who have just one organizing system called vertical stacking and for others of you who have five, six or perhaps ten separate organizing systems, one for each aspect of your job.

Organizing Your Work Space is for you if:

  • You are slowly drowning in a sea of paper.

  • The computers in your life seem to be generating more paper than they have eliminated.

  • You save most of the paper that crosses your desk because you never know when you will need it again.

  • The bulk of your day seems to be filled with shuffling papers, and those papers actually hinder your ability to get other, more important, work done.

  • You are overwhelmed and mystified about where to put all the memos, reports, drafts, bills, magazines, correspondence, miscellaneous documents and mail that comes to you.

Being disorganized is like riding a Ferris wheel. There is a sensation of movement, but when the ride stops, you are in the same place you were when you got on. Many people talk about getting organized, but somehow never get around to doing it. Not you. You are ready to tackle the problem head on.

Whatever your challenges in controlling paper, know that you are not alone. In every survey taken over the last twenty years, managing paperwork always falls in the top ten time-wasting activities of managers. Whatever your function— accountant, entrepreneur, administrative assistant, manager, lawyer, executive— this book will help you get organized and stay organized. Through exercises, checklists and easy-to-follow examples, we will help you dig out from under and stay on top of the paper. Section 10 contains checklists and charts for quick review. Use that section for on-the-spot assistance as you work toward mastering your work space.

Good luck as you become more organized!


Odette Pollar

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