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Chapter 4. Your Work Area > Clearing the Top of Work Surfaces

Clearing the Top of Work Surfaces

Now that you have made space in the drawers, on the shelves, in the cabinets and on the bookcases in your work area, there will be room to put away some of the items currently covering the other surfaces in your office. You can begin to organize the loose papers that are lying around.

Move now to the top of the credenza or your work table. Much of this paper will be older than what is on your desk and will be easier to make decisions about. Start with one stack of papers at a time. Sort from the top down. Do not move one or two items to see what interesting things reside below. No matter how overwhelming it may seem, all of those loose papers will sort themselves out into logical groupings. Some materials will naturally go with related documents. Some will go into your newly labeled files. A surprising amount will be thrown away because they are no longer relevant or have already been handled. Some will represent projects where the next step belongs to someone else. Be sure to send it along with a note. One or two items will go on your desk because they need to be dealt with immediately. What remains will be projects that are active and you are not sure where to place. Set these aside for now and process them along with the papers on your primary desk.


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