Insider Secrets for a More Efficient You in the Office

People aren’t machines, and you can’t expect to work like one. But you can harness their power to help you manage your time—and enable you to leave early for once.

Samantha Lear
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If paperwork has piled up, you may not have a good filing system. But do you even need one? It might be your instinct to try to use folders and shelves to control the chaos, but you can’t determine what’s needed until you’ve cleared out the useless items. “The product is the band-aid on the issue, not necessarily the solution,” says Leist. Eighty to 90 percent of old paperwork can likely be shredded or recycled, says Leist.

First Published May 10, 2011

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