Schedule It or Toss It

Did you ever have in your hand an invitation to an event, or a schedule of upcoming lectures, performances, or exhibits that sounded interesting but which you weren’t ready to commit to? Chances are you added the invitation or schedule to a pile of paper on your desk, or put it somewhere in your file cabinet.  Months later, you came across it and said, “Oh, I’m really sorry I missed that”, and threw it out. So what really happened here?

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Steal That Pile

When I go to a new client’s home or office, I see the inevitable pile of outdated reading material. It’s usually a collection of newspapers, magazines, professional journals, torn-out articles, and/or newsletters.  When I ask about the pile, the client says, “Oh, I am going to read that”. Looking at the bottom of the pile, I say, “The oldest item in this pile is from 2008.  Are you really planning to read that?”

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Laundry to Go

After my older sister went away to college, she reported that it was easy to tell which of the students in her dorm had grown up in apartment buildings (as we did), and which had grown up in houses.   The former apartment dwellers put their laundry in the washing machine, came back half an hour later, transferred it to the dryer, then showed up when it was dry, folded it, and left. Those who had grown up in houses put…

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