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STEP 9: Clean for Tomorrow—Today!
Finally, a clean office! Joanna jumps for joy in her new space. Before he leaves, Peter leaves her with a few more things to remember: Take advantage of technology to save room: You might not need a fax if your printer scans, or a Rolodex if your computer has a contacts or address program.

STEP 10: Peter says you already know the single most important thing you can do to be organized: Set aside ten minutes at the end of the day to clean your desk and get ready for tomorrow. Most people don't do this because they don't see an immediate payoff. "It's like exercise," says Peter. "At first it's just a pain, but after a couple of weeks you can't believe how great you feel." In fact, Joanna is now a believer.

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