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This month’s issue of the Online Organizing newsletter is dedicated to dealing with paper, a problem I suspect most of us have in spite of the digital revolution. There are a bunch of useful articles and tips, but the one I liked best of all had to do with conquering “Reading Overloadin particular, how to deal with work-related reading:

Many people carry loads of reading materials home at night to work on and it’s reading that is related to or is an integral part of their PROFESSIONAL responsibilities. It’s as if people feel guilty about reading at work. If you’re reading the latest “bodice ripper” at work, then you probably aren’t doing your job but if you are reading professional materials, reports, articles, memos, or whatever else that you are expected to read to be able to do your job, then read it at WORK. It is your work. Block in an appropriate amount of time each day (or week) to do this work, just like you block in time to meet, write, account, etc.

I definitely feel guilty if I step away from my computer to read during working hours, and since I’d rather read a novel at night, it’s hard for me to stay on top of the many articles and books that are related to my profession. But it’s eminently sensible advice to block out some work time to do so… I think I’ll see if I can’t give it a try one of these days.

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