Scanning and Shredding Documents

To Shred or Not to Shred

Too much paper makes everyone crazy and I’m no exception.

Today I’m going through all my paper files to pull out everything that can be tossed, scanned, and/or shredded.

I’m committed to moving less paper out of this apt than I moved in with.

I’ll be on the lookout for anything I can find online and bookmark or download and file digitally.

I’ll also be looking for things I saved for old projects or as resources and scan those as well.

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About The Author

Andrew Mellen's picture

Andrew Mellen is an organizational expert, public speaker, and the #1 best-selling author of Unstuff Your Life!

Andrew has helped tens of thousands of people worldwide to declutter and simplify their lives while regaining time for the things that matter.

A sought-after authority on organizing and productivity, Andrew's addressed audiences from The Great British Business Show to TEDx. 

Corporate clients include American Express, Genentech, NetApp, Time, Inc., and the US Depts. of Education and Homeland Security.

The media has dubbed Andrew “The Most Organized Man in America.” He writes a featured column called “Ask The Organizer” in Real Simple. In addition, he has written for and/or appeared in: The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, America Now, The Lisa Oz Show, The Nate Berkus Show, Oprah & Friends, Martha Stewart Living Today, ABC, NBC, CBS, CW11, HGTV, DIY Network, LiveWell Network, KnowMoreTV, Better Homes & Gardens, Ladies' Home Journal, Woman's Day, Family Circle, USA Today, GQ, InStyle, All You, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, Healthy UK, American Way, numerous trade and travel publications, and NPR.

He leads workshops and speaks internationally while maintaining a private practice working with clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies, trade associations, and non-profits to CEOs, award-winning filmmakers, and authors, as well as overwhelmed parents everywhere. 

In 2013, Andrew founded Unstuff U®, the world's first completely virtual personal organization training center, offering classes, workshops, and other online resources for businesses and individuals. 

Andrew is a member of the Experts Collective and serves on the faculty of the New York Open Center in New York City. He speaks frequently on the intersection of spirituality and organization at places including Omega Institute, San Francisco Zen Center, Tassajara, All Saints Church, JCC Manhattan, and the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, among others.

Previously, Andrew was an award-winning playwright, actor, producer, and director and the former Artistic Director of Alice B. Theater (Seattle), DC Arts Center (Washington, DC), and Shuttle Theater Company (New York). He is a contributing author to Yes Is the Answer: (And Other Prog-Rock Tales).

Andrew lives by his motto: More Love, Less Stuff!® 

Find him on the web at andrewmellen.com.

Hire Someone to Do Your Bookkeeping

Preparing for my taxes this year – and discovered that my financial records file was corrupted (and so was the backup). So, all last year's records are being rebuilt.

Luckily, I have all the source documents! So, it’s not taking too long, but still…

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Terry Monaghan's picture

Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

Hey Executives! These 6 Artists Help Solve Business Problems

Have you ever been sitting at your desk, staring off into space, thinking, this time I’m really out of rabbits…?

Business problems tend to get complicated, fast. When money, politics, and people are wound up together in a tight, sticky knot, seemingly simple obstacles can feel impossible to overcome. Like a giant Jenga game hanging in the balance, if you slide one piece even a millimeter the whole tower could topple.

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The Emotional Businessist's picture

"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded, and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."

TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler, and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
 

Disrupting the Organizational Chart

On a scale of 1 to 5, how sick are you of hearing about millennials changing the work force?

5. Actively vomiting
4. First-trimester morning sickness
3. Empty stomach
2. Don’t know who millennials are
1. Don’t know what a work force is

Well, now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s talk about millennials changing the work force.

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About The Author

The Emotional Businessist's picture

"I like to explore the intersection between emotion and business in the public-profit world. I have observed a natural tension in this space which leads to juicy and provocative conversations. I try to remain detached, stay open-minded, and play devil's advocate to seek and speak the truth."

TheEmoBiz lives in the forest with a spouse, toddler, and dog, has been working in business for over a decade, has a daily spiritual practice, and comes from a family of writers. Follow @TheEmoBiz on Medium and Twitter.
 

The Never-Ending To Do List

Have you noticed that your to do list is growing?

Sometimes it seems like for every item you complete, you have to add 2-5 more items. Or, does that just happen to me?

I used to have a notebook labeled “Never Ending List of 5-Minute Projects.” What was interesting was that list was mostly a compilation of tasks other people thought I should be doing. Very little of it had anything to do with what I was actually accountable for producing.

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About The Author

Terry Monaghan's picture

Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

Give Up Being a Perfectionist

How many times have you NOT finished something because you didn’t get it perfect?

You heard it had to be done a specific way, but you just didn’t do it that way, so obviously it wasn’t done the right way, so what is the point?

Do you know how exhausting that is?

Have you ever wondered how much energy and time you were wasting trying to get something to be perfect?

What is perfect, anyway?

Usually, some way OTHER than the way we are doing it.

Give yourself a break.

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About The Author

Terry Monaghan's picture

Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

Business Tip: De-Clutter Your Office

One of the reasons many of us get overwhelmed is the sheer volume of stuff that surrounds us.

It has been said that the average person spends up to one hour a day looking for things.

That adds up to 6-8 weeks out of every year – just looking for stuff!

I don’t know about you, but I can tolerate a certain amount of clutter and disorder. But sometimes that clutter and disorder gets out of hand!

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About The Author

Terry Monaghan's picture

Terry is the CEO of Time Triage

With over 30 years of business and entrepreneurial experience, Terry’s unique technology has dramatically increased the productivity of Fortune 100 executives and entrepreneurs in a variety of industries. Whether it’s a corporate executive or a “solo-preneur,” the outcome of Terry’s methodology will give you an expanded level of freedom and productivity with results you can measure.

Terry’s clients find themselves working on what is most fulfilling and what really matters in moving things forward rather than what they previously thought they “had to do.” The things you hoped to get to someday become the things you work on today.

Terry’s work was recently featured in the New York Times best-seller Overwhelmed: Work, Love and Play When No One Has The Time by Brigid Schulte (Sarah Crichton Books, March 11, 2014).

Eliminating overwhelm, giving clients more time to focus and clarity about where to focus, and implementing what it takes to produce results beyond what is predictable are what Terry’s efforts are all about. Her high integrity, no-nonsense, practical approach to business operations has helped build trusted relationships with many high performing professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives.

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To DO List with pen and calendar on black desk.
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Man stressed out in home office with computer and paperwork.
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To Shred or Not to Shred Too much paper makes everyone crazy and I’m no exception. Today I’m going through all my paper files to pull out everything that can be tossed, scanned, and/or shredded... read more
Calculator and pen on top of tax receipts.
03/05/2017
Preparing for my taxes this year – and discovered that my financial records file was corrupted (and so was the backup). So, all last year's records are being rebuilt. Luckily, I have all the... read more
Torso of man in business shirt with messy paint and brushes.
02/27/2017
Have you ever been sitting at your desk, staring off into space, thinking, this time I’m really out of rabbits…? Business problems tend to get complicated, fast. When money, politics, and... read more
Smiley face alternative organizational chart
01/22/2017
On a scale of 1 to 5, how sick are you of hearing about millennials changing the work force? 5. Actively vomiting 4. First-trimester morning sickness 3. Empty stomach 2. Don’t know who... read more
To DO List with pen and calendar on black desk.
12/04/2016
Have you noticed that your to do list is growing? Sometimes it seems like for every item you complete, you have to add 2-5 more items. Or, does that just happen to me? I used to have a notebook... read more
Black and white of crumpled paper and pen on table.
09/18/2016
How many times have you NOT finished something because you didn’t get it perfect? You heard it had to be done a specific way, but you just didn’t do it that way, so obviously it wasn’t done the... read more
view from above of clean desk with laptop, diary, and pencil
08/07/2016
One of the reasons many of us get overwhelmed is the sheer volume of stuff that surrounds us. It has been said that the average person spends up to one hour a day looking for things. That adds... read more