The Third Pile

If you know me as a classmate, you know how I make my revision notes on loose sheets of paper, you know how many printed essays I carry around and you probably have seen me dropping a few of these countless sheets on the floor primarily on days before exams. In this article, I’m not going to discuss why I do that (basically I’m unorganised) but we’re going to talk about what I do these loose sheets after the academic year gets over.  

I sort all these sheets and organise them in three piles. The first one consists of the extremely important ones which I need to save (scan or file) for future reference and I am completely sure that I’ll be needing them at some point of time later. 

The second one is the pile of papers that were just meant to be used once, they’re not of any importance to me after the exam got over. Fundamentally, they just go as rubbish for recycling as hey, save the planet.

Now comes the third one – the pile of doubt as I like to call it. I am never sure if I’ll be needing them for the following year or not. I don’t want to throw them away because no one likes to take the risk and the thought that one day a question will come up from one of these pages forces me to consider keeping them with the first pile.

During this situation, I just like to take the third pile and put it with the second one which has the unwanted sheets and throw it all away! Why? Because I had to think twice. If you’re thinking twice, it’s definitely not necessary. 

Stop holding on to things you’re iffy about as the same applies in life. It’s just a waste of time (or space in my case). I’m saying this from my personal experience because I’ve always got rid of the third pile and there’s never been the demand of it in the future. The third stack always tries to confuse you but you need to act smartly and eliminate it without being hesitant. When in doubt, just leave it out.