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Part III: Filtering Information > Limiting Your Information Gathering

Chapter 16. Limiting Your Information Gathering

Studies indicate that people never use 80% of the information they keep. That is a staggering statistic. If you are like most people, it means that more than three-quarters of the information you gather and perhaps even file is waste. And if you also think about the time you spent gathering that information—well, you see the point: You need to cut back.

Most companies have records-retention policies to help employees let go of what “might” become useful later. Much personal hoarding is not about official data. It is about the vague belief that you could conceivably need this or that item again before you retire. Ask yourself if saving everything for that rare occasion is worth the time and effort—keeping in mind that most tossed items are replaceable.


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