Friday, July 11, 2008
Space Treat: Mountains of Mail
So you're off to the beach, the mountains or wherever your Summer travels take you. When you get home, guess what will be "not-so-quietly" waiting for you… your mail! As you snap scenic shots, surf the waves and hike the trails, your mail will be multiplying like rabbits.
Before you go away, look at your calendar and actually schedule in time for the week you return to immediately deal with the backlog of mail that will have mounted. For example, plan to focus on it for an hour while you're doing the vacation laundry, before your weekly run, after the kids get a tub or dare I say, even while you're eating breakfast. Remember, it only takes one week to start a huge and overwhelming pile-up, so focus on it before it turns into 5 or 6 weeks of unopened mail.
Just imagine when you return home and see that stack of mail lurking what a relief it will be to know that you've already padded your week with extra time to deal with it.
If you've already incorporated some of my tips from earlier this year and are receiving most of your mail electronically, then the above scenario applies to your email. At least you won't have to do as much shredding.
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