* Take each piece of paper away from the pile to deal with it. Otherwise the size of the pile may discourage you from doing anything.
* If you don't have time to handle the task completely, write the steps required on a sticky note and do as many as you can. Mapping the path to completion makes it much easier.
* Select papers that just need to be reviewed and take them with you when travelling on public transport, or where you have to queue.
* Combine the paperwork with something you enjoy, such as listening to a CD.
In paperwork, as in everything else, the old Chinese adage applies: "The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." When you use the odd period of time available, you make the journey more quickly.
Jurgen Wolff is a hypnotherapist, teacher and writer. His free monthly creativity email bulletin is available from BstormUK@aol.com