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HOW TO MAKE A CLEAN SWEEP ON NATIONAL CLEAN OFF YOUR DESK DAY

 DALLAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Here's a reason to clear out the clutter on your desk and bolster that New Year's resolution to "get organized." Jan. 11 is National Clean Off Your Desk Day.
 "People may joke about having a messy desk," says paperwork- reduction expert Dianna Booher, "but chronic desktop clutter really is no joking matter. A desk piled up with paperwork tells your boss that you're disorganized, inefficient, and unable to set priorities."
 The following paperwork-busting tips are from Booher's new book, "Clean Up Your Act! Effective Ways to Organize Paperwork and Get It Out of Your Life" (Warner Books), available at major bookstores or by calling 1-800-342-6621:
 -- Put Destruction Dates on Papers. The typical office file contains many documents that have far outlasted their need to be there. Adding a destroy notation such as "D-2/16/93" (destroy after Feb. 16, 1993) at the top of every paper will help you minimize file clutter and enable you to find important documents quickly.
 -- Response Cards and Lines. Make it easy for others to answer your memos, letters, or reports so you can avoid a lengthy wait while they generate their responses. Type the response you want, along with a space for a check mark and/or signature, on a separate mail-back card or at the bottom of an in-house memo.
 -- Eliminate Most Cover Letters. Most cover letters don't communicate anything except the obvious: "I'm sending you something. You now have it in your hands." If you must have a record of submission, simply put a "Submitted to..." and "Submitted by..." along with the date on the title page.
 -- Squelch the Urge to Confirm Everything in Writing. Most of us have well-honed instincts for accurately sizing up people and situations. Trust your instincts. Much business can still be done "on a handshake."
 -- Take Talk Seriously. If people feel the only way they can get your attention is to put it in writing, you're creating extra reading and paperwork for yourself. Pay attention to what's being said -- on the phone, in meetings, or in face-to-face conversations. "Official" shouldn't necessarily mean "written."
 -0- 1/8/93
 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Interviews available/
 /CONTACT: Janet Spore, 800-342-6621, for Warner Books/


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