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

Taking (a little) Pain Out of Tax Time!

Are you dreading that most onerous of tasks – preparing your income taxes? While it may not take the pain out of this year’s chore, try a few of these tips going forward from today and next year’s tax prep will be significantly easier. As you accumulate paperwork throughout this year that you must save for your taxes, you need to have a system in place to retain all of it in an organized fashion. Read more

Kick-Start Your Office! 5 Ways to Get Your Office Organized in the New Year

This is the time of year that every office, home and business, needs a good clutter clean out. Clearing off your surfaces and cleaning out your drawers and files can boost your productivity and clear your head for the year to come. A few simple steps can give you that much-needed fresh start. Read more

It’s Smarter to File than to Pile!

Are you struggling with how to set up a filing system for your important papers? Or are you dealing with one that just doesn’t work, making it difficult for you to find what you need when you need it? Or perhaps you’re just looking for ways to fine-tune a system that mostly functions well? To help things along, here are my favorite tips for getting that paperwork under control and keeping it running smoothly and easily. Read more

Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Gloom of Night

What comes almost every day – without fail? Mail! Paper management is an issue in almost everyone’s home these days. In spite of the increase in electronic communication, the amount of “snail mail” that comes into our homes has escalated tremendously in the past ten years. In the office, it’s even worse, since paper comes from both outside and internally. And, it comes six days a week, without fail! Read more

The 5 D’s for Quick Decisions, PT. 2

In my last article, I discussed the first part of my “5 D’s for Quick Decisions” for dealing with the daily paper that comes into your home or office. This month, I’ll cover the second part of the system, which should help you deal with just about any piece of paperwork that enters your space on a regular basis. Read more

The 5 D’s for Quick Decisions, PT. 1

When the mail and other incoming paperwork comes into your home or office, do you just plop it down on the first available surface and forget about it? Do you shuffle through it to pull out the most interesting or most urgent stuff, and leave the rest to pile up, because figuring out what to do with all of it is just too overwhelming and time-consuming? Are you tired of having your counter tops and desktop covered with piles of paper and never really being able to keep it all under control?  Read more

5 Steps to Optimize Your Office: From Frazzled to Free!

Getting your home or business office organized requires considering all aspects of your office and making them more efficient. When you can function efficiently, your productivity goes up and your stress goes down! There are several key areas that, when organized and set up properly, will make your office easier to use and save you time and effort. Read more

Banish Paper Piles Forever!

As spring FINALLY gets underway here in New England, the paper piles in our homes and offices get bigger and bigger with each new mail delivery, each new batch of papers your kids bring home from school, and each office meeting, conference and memo delivery. If you are overwhelmed with dealing with the paperwork in your home or office and want to find a way to keep it all under control, try setting up a Command Center. Read more

Managing the Paper Monster (without surrendering!)

From clients, at workshops and seminars, at networking and social events, I hear the same lament over and over again. “I can’t seem to stay on top of the paper in my home/office. It just piles up all over the place! What can I do?” Read more