… What do you do?
- When in doubt… leave it out.
- When in doubt… throw it out.
- When in doubt… scream in frustration!
Which is your style, and why?
In school, we’re taught that if you’re not sure about your facts, then omit what you were about to write. So that takes care of “rule” #1.
In learning how to declutter our lives, we’re taught to throw things out right and left. That’s “rule” #2 in action.
But all too often, we get stuck in indecision. That’s when “rule” #3 pops up!
You might be trying to get rid of stacks of paperwork, but worry that you’ll throw away something important. So you hold onto everything, and the piles on the floor grow like mushrooms.
Or you’re trying to write an article or report for work or school, and you want to be sure to include all the pertinent facts, so the writing keeps growing and growing into novel length.
Indecision is a killer. It makes you feel bad about yourself, it wastes time, and it calls a halt to progress.
When deciding whether to include something, ask yourself what will be most likely to happen if you leave it out. Will you be leaving a glaring hole in the report? Does it mean the rest of the report doesn’t make full sense because this section is needed to bridge parts one and two? Then figure a way to condense what you want to say, and go ahead and include it as briefly as possible.
As for throwing out important papers. Depending on where you live, you can probably find government advice on how long to save certain documents such as marriage certificate (forever), divorce papers (forever), tax returns (at least 7 years, possibly forever if it contains property or other asset information you need to hold onto). Ask yourself how difficult the papers would be to replace if you suddenly had to prove the information they contain.
The more important the docs, the longer you keep them. But you don’t have to keep them all on your desk — use folders and mark the file box “Important docs for [year range]” and shove it in a closet or the garage. Don’t feel you need to spend a lot of time sorting if you haven’t got things neatly filed already. Just grab the papers and shove them into a big envelope that you write the year on in big letters, with a general note to yourself about the contents.
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