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Resistance to Filing

To manage paper so that it becomes a source of usable information, rather than a cause of information anxiety, you will have to develop—and use—an effective filing system. (Stack-piling does not qualify as a form of filing—no matter how neat you make your piles or how high you can build them before they tip over.) Many people resist filing. Why? For “very good reasons” (read: excuses).

It is time to face the facts of filing—that is, to separate your reasons for not filing from the reality of what happens when you do not. Read the following “reason vs. reality” list. Can you add other excuses you use?


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