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Tackle that endless paper flow with creative filing tips, clutter-busters, and workable action plans.
Introduction Preface Section 1: Why Get Organized Yes, You Can Get Organized Benefits of Being Organized Key Principles Where Are You Now? Section 2: How Backlogs Develop What Is Clutter, Anyway? How Do Paper Backlogs Develop? Blocks to Getting Organized Two Common Mental Blocks Section 3: Where to Start Decide On Your Goals Where to Begin The Bookcases: Reduce, Refer, Rearrange Rearranging: How to Do It Handling the Exceptions Summary Section 4: Your Work Area The Credenza Your Desk Drawers Equipment The File Drawers Clearing the Top of Work Surfaces How Are You Feeling? Summary Section 5: Filing It and Finding It Common Filing Mistakes Filing Guidelines Setting Up Your Subject Files Filing Principles Additional Filing Information How to Maintain Your Filing System Summary Section 6: Managing Your Desk and Your Papers The Top of Your Desk Out of Sight Is Out of Mind Calendars Daily To-Do Lists Master List Tracking Delegated Work Summary Section 7: Clearing Off the Stacks Tying Up Loose Ends Business Cards Tickler Files The Next-Week File Odds and Ends Maintaining Your Organization Section 8: Managing Your Mail and Your Reading Sorting Incoming Mail Managing the Reading Section 9: Managing E-Mail and Personal Organizers Managing E-Mail Cautions Etiquette Tips Day Planners and Personal Organizers Summary Section 10: Quick Review, Charts and Checklists Review: Getting Organized from A to Z Review: Clearing the Top of Your Desk Keep the Clutter Away, Permanently Checklist: Monitor Your Progress Section 11: A Friendly Reminder A Final Word Bibliography