Doing the Digital Dump

Staying organized in your office, home or business, requires regular maintenance. Taking some time at least once a year, preferably once a quarter, to cull through and purge paperwork and files is an important step toward that end. While it’s usually easy to see paperwork and other physical clutter pile up over time, it’s often far more difficult to see the build-up of digital clutter. It’s largely hidden and doesn’t take up any physical space. However, clearing out your digital spaces is equally important to staying organized. Being able to find what you need when you need it in a timely manner is the key to maintaining productivity.

Digital clutter builds up in several places. At a minimum of once a year, perhaps after you’ve filed your taxes, or even better, once a quarter, take some time to do the following: Read more

Staying the Course

For the past few years at the beginning of each year, I’ve chosen a “word for the year” to inspire and motivate myself. It has helped me define my goals for the year and reminded me to stay the course throughout the seasons as the activity in my life waxes and wanes. I set out in January of this year to do the same thing, but struggled to find a word that resonated for me and clarified what I wanted to accomplish. So, I did what any intelligent person would do. I procrastinated. For two months. (And no, my word for 2019 is not Procrastination!)
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Organizing in Difficult Relationships

One of the most frequently asked questions I get in my presentations is about how to deal with the disorganization and clutter of someone else other than the person posing the question. Occasionally the guilty party is a co-worker (or a boss), but the majority of the questions are related to frustration with the people they live with and how to deal with their family members’ disorganization. Read more

Time Management Roadblocks: What’s Getting in Your Way? (PT. 2)

Keep it simple, keep it consistent! Three more stumbling blocks to increased productivity:

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Time Management Roadblocks: What’s Getting in Your Way? (PT. 1)

The path to productivity is often littered with roadblocks, and many folks deal with some of the same problems. For the next two articles, I’ll be addressing six common time management stumbling blocks that can stymie even the most hard-working and ambitious of us!

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Swedish Death Cleaning – Gloomy or Liberating?

About six months ago, a lovely little book with a rather morbid title was published and immediately exploded in popularity. The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning is a short, simply written book that seems to have resonated with so many in our stuff-burdened society. Margareta Magnusson writes of her journey with de-cluttering, Swedish-style, as she ages. The twin desires to downsize and not wanting to leave her loved ones with the burden of dealing with all of her physical possessions after she died inspired her to begin the process of “döstädning,” or Swedish death cleaning. Read more

Multi-Tasking – Magic or Myth?

“When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.”
– Shunryu Suzuki

We are an overwhelmed, over-scheduled, and distracted society. Most of us try to do more than one thing at a time, thinking that we’re accomplishing twice as much in the same amount of time as just doing a single thing. Most of the time, we’re deluding ourselves. Instead of doing one thing well and then moving on to the next, we do two things poorly and take more time doing it. Read more

Paying Attention

“Be where you are, otherwise you will miss your life.” Buddha

This time of year is usually chock-full of significant events for many of us – graduations, weddings, championship games, concerts and other momentous occasions. We spend a lot of time trying to “capture the moment” with pictures and videos. Having a few shots to commemorate a significant occasion is a great thing. Read more

Where Do I Start?

One of the questions I hear on a regular basis is, “Where do I start? My office is just one big paper pile!” Or, “my home is such a disaster and every room is full of stuff – every time I look even at just one space, I’m overwhelmed and don’t know where to begin!” My advice comes in three parts: start small, start easy, stay put! Read more

Downsizing, or Rightsizing? Consider the Cost

In a previous article, I discussed some stumbling blocks related to downsizing your space. But many folks are not interested, or looking ahead to moving out of their home any time soon. Yet, they are still struggling with an excess of stuff in their homes and their lives. This month, I explore further the concept of “rightsizing” your space, whether related to a move, or just a desire to lighten your load. Read more