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Welcome to before breakfast a production of iHeartRadio.

Good morning. This is Laura.

00:00:47 before breakfast podcast today's tip is to limit the quantity of paper that comes into your life. So it's easier to stay organized and so you can treat the paper you do you keep that's more special.

Today's episode is inspired by a book. I recently read by Lisa Woodruff called the paper solution in it, this professional organizer teaches people how to manage the paper that comes into their lives without dropping balls in a later episode. I'll talk about her Sunday basket technique. But today I want to talk about limiting the quantity of paper you need to deal with as paper tends to take space and time. There was a Siri at one point that we were on the verge of a paperless world. All communication would be electronic and no one would need paper for anything anymore. Didn't really pan out partly because people are people I'm old enough that I once worked for someone who wanted all emails printed out so they could be treated with a Dignity of postal correspondence and then filed appropriately.

Thankfully most people have moved past that partly because most email is so not worth Printing and saving but we still have a lot of stuff we get mail in the mailbox. We get forms from doctors and dentists in schools. We print notes. We have books. We have magazines. I've gotten better about checking stuff over the past few years, but there are definitely times in the past when I saved all my magazines because I love the pretty pictures and I thought I might look through them to get ideas in the future and he died had this whole big paper idea file. I was keeping for a while. It's at like the Time Capsule for something like eight years in my closet. Eventually. I opened it. There was indeed a whole lot of nice 2005 Photography in there.

But I got no ideas whatsoever.

Kids artwork and school work is also complicated. Some is good and some is less memorable my teenager printed up and vast quantities of math worksheets the spring which would then sit on the counter took a long time to get them into the recycling bin.

I thought the pain during this in my life. I realized that one of the best techniques is to avoid letting stuff stuck up. When I bring in the mail anything. I'm not interested in go straight to the trash and the recycling bin. Otherwise, it can sit in the pile for months magazines now getting Max of two months before they go out the door. The daily newspaper is a little treat for me. We subscribe to the Wall Street Journal but it needs to be gone in two days. It was hard for me to admit that I will not read a daily newspaper from a week ago, but I think I finally gotten over that.

Ask for my kids artwork my current policy is that anything that really makes me smile or that shows my kids personality can stay so a cartoon my daughter drew about how she wanted to be an artist so she could be famous is a keeper imathworksheets demonstrating the ability to reduce fractions will not so much. I also tried to reuse the paper. I have I print out outlines for my Best of Both Worlds podcast, but I try to use the back of those sheets for grocery list or notes. And finally I'm a big fan of programs like DocuSign as an author and podcaster and small business owner not to mention if someone who sometimes rent speak Haitian houses because my family is too big for a hotel I deal with an incredible number of contracts.

Anyone that I don't need to print out is a huge win.

In any case you might try taking a look today at what sort of paper 10 to stack up in your life. How could you reduce these Stacks? Can you keep stuff from coming in?

buying ebooks instead of paper books was a big breakthrough for me getting any recurring bills or statements electronically is also helpful and often easier to track down always ask if there's an electronic ticket option don't take receipts you don't need

We're nowhere near the paperless office is anyone who's been working from home these past few months and is now responsible for her own printing has learned but we could get somewhat closer. Everything will be less cluttered if we do and then we can treat the paper. We do have with some more respect. I love little bound notebooks and stationary with some truth to it. These are much more exciting than a receipt and never going to use anyway.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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