Shorten Your Piles by Skimming off the Bottom

Are piles of paper getting the best of you? They can seem like they’re made of stone; as much as you hack at them, they don’t get any smaller.

Here’s a quick way to whittle them down: take papers from the bottom of the pile instead of the top. Why does this help? Because the oldest papers in the pile usually have the least hold on you. They’re either out of date, no longer applicable or ready for filing.

Generally you can tell which category they’re in right away and make a decision on them right away too. And then, voila, your pile is that much shorter.