One of the biggest challenges I hear from clients and on social media is how to manage mail. Even though most of what’s in our mailbox is junk, it comes everyday and deposits more on our already lengthy to-do list. If you don’t take the time to manage it, it will take over over your office, home, cost you money, and give you headaches.
While we all thought paper was going away 20 years ago, it is here to stay and has a much stronger effect on our well being that we realize. Did you know that 23% of adults pay bills late and incur late fees?
To manage your mail most effectively you need to set up a system for storing and processing it quickly and easily. Here are my tips to make it easier on you so you can go do something fun!
Overall, it’s best to minimize the amount of unwanted mail you receive so that there is less to process. To take yourself off of credit card and insurance offer lists, go to optoutprescreen.com to register your address to opt out of receiving credit or insurance offers. For catalogs, call the company’s Customer Service department directly and ask to remove your name off their list.
While people aren’t sending as many personal letters these days (hey, let’s bring that back!) we certainly do have more papers coming in to our mailbox than our parents did. Take a few minutes to set up a system and you’ll spend less time dealing with it when you’d rather be doing something fun or productive!
*Go to Neatsmart to get your copy of my Paperwork to Keep resource which tells you how long to keep important documents like financial and insurance statements.
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