Do you have this experience?
Today, setting the calm mood required to deal equably with the paper stack, I picked some flowers, had a particularly nice breakfast while listening to the soothing voice of Agnes Obel, did the Onceover (see 26 Oct 2010), re-read the relevant section in Babatua's The Power of Less , set the kitchen buzzer for an hour, and sorted it.
What a good feeling! Quite disproportionate to the small achievement I'm sure, but when I got one pile cleared I was ready and eager, well willing, to start on the next pile (yes, there's more than one), with the proviso that as soon as I felt even slightly fed up with it, I'd leave it for another session.
Here is Babatua's advice for dealing with that pile of papers:
1 start processing from the top down
2 never re-sort, skip a single piece of paper, or put a piece back on the pile
3 do what needs to be done with that piece of paper, then move on to the next
4 trash it, delegate it, file it, do it, or put it on a list to do later