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Delivering Time Management for IT Professionals: A Trainer's Manual by Dr. Jan Yager

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Clearing the clutter

You can basically do the following with your stuff:

  • Sort it and reorganize it
  • Share it by donating or gifting
  • Shred it and toss it
  • Sell it
  • Salvage (recycle)

Here are some items and solutions to dealing with that kind of clutter.

Clutter

Solution

Papers

  • Recycle
  • File
  • Scan and store electronically

Files

  • Sort through
  • Recycle or shred those you do not need
  • Move those you want to keep offsite

Magazines

  • Donate
  • Recycle

Books

  • Donate
  • Gift or pass along
  • Swap

Furniture

  • Sell
  • Donate

Does clutter have a positive side?

Before you get rid of everything on your desk, consider what researchers at the University of Minnesota discovered when they conducted several experiments in the U.S. and the Netherlands to see the impact of clutter. They compared ...

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