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Make a not to do list

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter To do lists are a dime a dozen. by Originally posted 2013-06-13 10:38:18. I’ll bet you have a dozen hiding somewhere on your desk. They have important tasks on them, but are also liberally peppered with: things you don’t really have to do. things you keep saying you’ll do, but don’t. things you have no intention of doing, but think you should. things that were a good idea at the time, but have become irrelevant. You get the picture.

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Visualize Your Home Office into Reality

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Last week I made a presentation to a group that included a visualization at the beginning. by Originally posted 2007-03-05 12:46:33. I wanted to talk to this group of nascent entrepreneurs about their home offices. For me, one of the best things about having my own business is my home office. It’s not fancy, but it’s mine! This visualization is about on how your office should feel, rather than how it should look.

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Embrace your personal organizing style

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter “I can’t be organized.” Originally posted 2012-10-30 20:33:07. ” “I never learned about organizing.” ” “My mom was a packrat and so am I.”

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What If You Don't Want to Get Rid of Stuff?

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Organizing doesn’t always mean getting rid of things. by Originally posted 2011-11-03 08:44:13. It means finding places for them so that you aren’t tripping on them, distracted by them, maneuvering around them or always looking for them. It means cr eating a living space that is pleasing and supportive. You do need space to put things if you’re keeping them, however. I wrote a post back in June about curating your environment.

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Tidy Way to Charge Your Phone

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter. Originally posted 2009-01-06 18:56:59. This adorable wall socket cover provides a spot to park your phone while it's charging. The antlers are rubber, so they'll grip the phone, plus there's more antler space for draping the cord.

Where Does Clutter Come From?

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Clutter comes from many sources; a primary one is what we call delayed decision making. Originally posted 2012-05-08 10:40:45.

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Getting things done, in a nutshell

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by I came across a great, succinct description of David Allen’s Getting Things Done process on the ToDoist blog. This blog post also describes the Pomodoro method (using a mechanical timer for work periods and breaks) and the Seinfeld method (doing something each day on a particular project and not breaking that chain of actions). Here it is: Capture – collect what has your attention.

When Do You Need Slow Mode?

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by Last month I included a blog post by Leo Babauta who writes Zen Habits. This time I’ll write about slow mode; what it is and when you need it. To start with, here’s some wisdom from the International Institute of Not Doing Much. . Put your feet up, and stare idly out of the window. Warning: Do not attempt this while driving. Do one thing at a time. Remember multitasking is a moral weakness (except for women, who have superior brain function). Ponder, take your time.

Fast mode and slow mode

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by Today I’m sharing with you a blog post by Leo Babauta who writes Zen Habits. He writes about how he drastically simplified and improved his life and he describes zen-flavored productivity techniques. I highly recommend reading him. This post is about fast mode vs. slow mode. Fast mode has its place. We’ve all got lot of little jobs on our to do lists that just need to be knocked off quickly.

Tidy Way to Charge Your Phone

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Tidy Way to Charge Your Phone appeared first on Clutter Coach. This adorable wall socket cover provides a spot to park your phone while it's charging. The antlers are rubber, so they'll grip the phone, plus there's more antler space for draping the cord. And they come in three deer varieties!!! There's another model to cover a light switch.

Quick Decluttering Tip

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Decluttering, also known as getting rid of stuff you don’t want or need, is something you should do every day. by Originally posted 2008-02-11 17:16:15. Tossing out the junk mail counts; I’m not talking about clearing out your closet. It’s a good idea to do it everyday because then you get in the habit and don’t have to think about it so much. You also become attuned to looking for clutter to get rid of.

Shoe Organizer: Creative or Just Weird?

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Maximizing storage space is always a good idea. Originally posted 2009-05-01 10:26:41. Shelves in the back of your closet, off-season clothes under the bed. This wacky shoe organizer caught my eye.

Five Ways to Seriously Get Things Done

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Do you make notes and lists of all you have to do but still end up falling down rabbit holes of activity that weren’t on any lists? Originally posted 2010-06-29 21:25:59.

The Seven Deadly Organizing Sins: Lust

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Just for kicks, I’m going to start a little series based on the seven deadly sins: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Originally posted 2008-08-08 13:07:34.

How to Optimize Space

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Although I still have websites, the blog is the place where I put my new content. The blog, by contrast, is easy as pie (thanks, Typepad!). Originally posted 2008-02-19 10:29:00.

Natural Organizing

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter You aren’t a cookie cut from a generic mold (even though you’re sweet). by Originally posted 2011-05-03 13:55:30. You deserve more than a cookie cutter approach to organizing. Methods you’ve read about in books may partially work, or not work at all. Or they’ll work for awhile but then something happens to make them stop working. That’s why it’s so important to have your own personalized system.

How Planning Ahead Can Make You Happier

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter I talked with someone recently about planning and why he avoided it. Originally posted 2010-10-20 18:29:13. He thought it was rigid and unimaginative. On the contrary, I replied, taking up the challenge. I’ll show you how it's flexible and creative. 

Quick Tips for Beating Procrastination

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Got a project that’s bogged down? Originally posted 2010-04-05 18:53:33. Finding it hard to get started at all? Here are some ideas: Break your project down into steps. Now, divide the steps into even smaller pieces.

Snail Mail 101

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Ah, the plague of the daily mail. by Originally posted 2011-06-20 17:24:42. Kind of like death and taxes, it’s inevitable. Here’s what’s in your mailbox: stuff to. delegate. act on. trash. Let’s call it DRAFT for short. Delegate. This is mail that you can fob off on someone else.

Natural Organizing

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter You aren’t a cookie cut from a generic mold (even though you’re sweet). by Originally posted 2011-05-03 13:55:30. You deserve more than a cookie cutter approach to organizing. Methods you’ve read about in books may partially work, or not work at all. Or they’ll work for awhile but then something happens to make them stop working. That’s why it’s so important to have your own personalized system.

Home office clutter management

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter If you’re not lucky enough to have a separate room for your home office , you’ll make do on the dining table, or setting up a desk in a corner of the living room. by Originally posted 2012-10-01 20:13:24. This poses a special challenge because any clutter you leave on your desk is also now in the common living area for all to see. If you live with others this can be, well, a problem.

Reminders for "Messies"

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter Author and "Organizing Lady" Sandra Felton has written many books about organizing for "messies." Originally posted 2008-01-25 11:48:11. " She herself is a recovering messie so her advice comes from first hand experience. Cleanies vs. Messies She often writes that "cleanies" tidy up automatically, without having to be reminded or nagged at.

Organizing My Organizing Blog

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I try to keep my blog layout organized and uncluttered, although everyday it seems like there's some new cool link or tool or information I can offer my readers. I went to a meeting about blogging, organized by my lovely Ladies Who Launch group , and was reminded that clarity and ease of use are important elements of a blog. Second, you can have my blog posts sent to you via email or via a reader.

Organizing My Organizing Blog

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I try to keep my blog layout organized and uncluttered, although everyday it seems like there's some new cool link or tool or information I can offer my readers. I went to a meeting about blogging, organized by my lovely Ladies Who Launch group , and was reminded that clarity and ease of use are important elements of a blog. Second, you can have my blog posts sent to you via email or via a reader.

Why You Shouldn't Read This Blog

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter We know it's important to limit our time online when it involves pointless web surfing. But a lot of what we read and discover online is really interesting, helpful stuff (like this blog!). Originally posted 2010-07-14 13:14:00.

To Do List Hints on Video

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post To Do List Hints on Video appeared first on Clutter Coach. by I'm having fun with video! Here's my latest one about to do lists. I talk about three important elements: make it short, write it nice and give it an end.

Hi, glad you’re here! Come on in.

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Hi, glad you’re here! Blog Quick Tipsby We all have stuff in our lives, and have different thoughts and feelings about it. Just for the record, having stuff in itself is not a bad thing. It’s only bad if it’s in your way or you can’t find it, i.e., if it’s not supporting you to live your best life. What’s your deal with stuff (that includes time!)?

Stylish Office Accessories

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I don’t focus on products much in this blog because I’m more interested in techniques and concepts, but every once in a while something catches my eye. Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Stylish Office Accessories appeared first on Clutter Coach. Products that make sitting at your desk or filing more fun, or at least easier on the eyes, are always winners. See Jane Work carries many lines of fun, modern and good looking office supplies.

Time Management is You Management

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by Here are some helpful hints from Jan Hayner for managing your time , courtesy of the Clutter Control Freak Blog (sponsored by Stacks and Stacks , which has some fab organizing products). Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Time Management is You Management appeared first on Clutter Coach.

Information Overload? Stop Moving

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Information Overload? by I had the pleasure of hearing the charming and witty Karen Salmansohn speak the other night at the Ladies Who Launch monthly meeting. She's promoting her new book, The Bounce Back Book , about "how to thrive in the face of adversity, setbacks, losses, failures, illness, rejection – you name it." " Karen has a clever way with words.

Decisions Move the World

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Decisions Move the World appeared first on Clutter Coach. by I write a lot about decision making. So much of clutter and other stuff that's in your way is the result of not making decisions about it. The pile of needed decisions keeps growing till you just get overwhelmed by it and then the simplest decision seems strenuous. That naturally induces procrastination. Why decide? Here's why: When you don't decide, others do it for you.

Technology Made Easy

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Technology Made Easy appeared first on Clutter Coach. by I'm not a technology maven. I used to be, back when computers only did about five things. And I was the family genius who could fix the color balance on the TV set. But everything got more complicated and I didn't keep up. So I'm always happy when I can use technology without having to learn anything.

Password Hints

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Password Hints appeared first on Clutter Coach. by I have 170 passwords in my Palm. Some are written in directly, the ones I use for sites where I don’t care about security, like reading the New York Times online. Others I use so often I have them in my head. But there too are many secure passwords for me to remember and those are listed with hints only. Mine your past to create easy-to-remember passwords with letters and numbers.

Organizing Computer Odds and Ends

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Organizing Computer Odds and Ends appeared first on Clutter Coach. by What do you do with all that stuff you acquire when you get a new computer? You're overrun with disks, manuals, cords, instruction sheets, warranties, adapters and packaging, all of which is different shapes and sizes. Years ago, I had a client who carefully slipped each disk into a plastic sleeve in a binder.

Organizing Philosophy for the Holidays

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Organizing Philosophy for the Holidays appeared first on Clutter Coach. by The current economy may end up making this year's holidays less stressful, just because we won't be  shopping and traveling as much. But if you find yourself feeling stressed by holiday planning and the looming prospect of a new year, keep these in mind: Make lists to prevent tasks from being forgotten in the chaos. Keep the list for next year.

Getting Organized Ebook on Sale Now

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Getting Organized Ebook on Sale Now appeared first on Clutter Coach. Last week I had a great plan to publish my book one chapter at a time every week for a year. And at some point offer it for sale, after I made more edits, polished it up, changed around some stuff, added new ideas, etc. When I told a friend about this brilliant plan she looked me in the eye and said, why don't you just publish it NOW?

Nag Me, Please

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Nag Me, Please appeared first on Clutter Coach. by Nagging is just another form of reminding, isn’t it? How you feel about the subject dictates whether you think of a reminder as a nag or as a helpful productivity tool.

Racing Against Time

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Racing Against Time appeared first on Clutter Coach. by "Try as you will, you get behind in the race, in spite of yourself. It's an incessant strain to keep pace… And still you lose ground. Science empties its discoveries on you so fast that you stagger beneath them in hopeless bewilderment… Everything is high pressure. Human nature can't endure much more." " A quotation from last week's newspaper?

Organize your bedroom

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Organize your bedroom appeared first on Clutter Coach. by Wouldn’t it be delightful to walk into a serene, welcoming bedroom after a hard day’s work? It would invite you to relax and nothing else; nothing to put away, nothing to distract you from chilling out. The way it is now: The bed is unmade, clothes are slung over chairs and doorknobs, newspapers and magazine are on the floor, the bureau and nightstand are littered with stuff.

Use a ripening drawer for paper management

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Republished by Blog Post Promoter The post Use a ripening drawer for paper management appeared first on Clutter Coach. Does paper management seem overwhelming? All those decisions to make! Here’s a way to get some control before you’re ready to make the decisions. I wrote about this concept several years ago. I discovered it in the excellent book ADD-Friendly Ways to Organize Your Life by Judith Kolberg and Kathleen Nadeau.