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Getting Organized for 2014

Getting Organized for 2014

Getting organized is a very popular New Year’s resolution, but like so many resolutions, it can be a very difficult one to keep, without some simple guidelines. Here are some simple guidelines.

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What To Do When Your To-Do’s Have Been Grounded

What To Do When Your To-Do’s Have Been Grounded

When I have a long list of to-do’s, there is a technique I use on the tougher ones that makes them easier. I call it taxi to takeoff.

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Staying Organized When It All Goes Wrong

Being organized makes even the worst events in life better. It just requires a shift in thinking. In fact, it is quite possible to find organizing easier, when there is true adversity.

I’m always surprised how often clients greet me with apologies that they haven’t been able to stay organized because of emergencies that come up.

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Why Your To-Do List Isn’t Working

Why Your To-Do List Isn’t Working

Your to-do list isn’t working for you because you are trying to reduce 3 steps to just one. To get your to-do’s to done, requires three essential action steps:

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The Secret to the 10 Minute Purge

The Secret to the 10 Minute Purge

You know those magazine articles or online features that offer “Great Organizing Tips!”? They almost always include a tip that says something to the effect of: “Spend just 10 minutes throwing out unwanted items.” Often they advise to “just start with the junk drawer!”

A ten minute purge can be very unsatisfying without three key guidelines. So the secret to the 10 minute purge is actually 3 secrets:

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Book Review: A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization

Book Review: A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization

If you find that your biggest organizing challenges come from the trials of being a mother, A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization is a great resource. It’s written by Debbie Lillard, a mother of three children and a professional organizer since 2003.

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When is it OK NOT to be Organized?

When is it OK NOT to be Organized?

The other day a friend asked, when is it OK NOT to be organized. I was stumped by the question, but I’ve been giving the matter a lot of thought, ever since.

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Product Review: The Time Timer

Product Review: The Time Timer

I don’t like most organizing gadgets and for one simple reason. They aren’t simple. The Time Timer, however, succeeds in simplifying your life because it is actually simple. Very simple.

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The Weekly Round Up

The Weekly Round Up

I have touched upon my system of Project Corrals in past posts, but today I am going to go into it in more detail. As always I believe a good system is an EASY system. This system involves an easy habit I call the weekly round-up, which I will demonstrate using my own projects and tasks as an example.

The most important takeaway I got from David Allen’s Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress Free Productivity is this.

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What’s Making Your Tasks So Difficult

What's Making Your Tasks So Difficult

I have found that the number one reason we struggle with tasks is that they are actually projects, that we TREAT like tasks. So what’s the difference between a project and a task?

The easiest way to answer that question is with another question: How do you eat an elephant?

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