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Posts Tagged Feng Shui

When Empty Is Full

One of the things that makes it so difficult for us to stay organized is the need to fill empty spaces.  I’m not entirely sure where this need comes from, but I have seen that it is very real. Sometimes the folks I work with make me feel like I’m doing TOO good of a job.  We may create a completely clear work surface and a couple clear shelves and they may declare “Well, what’s going to go there?”  The pendulum has swung from being overwhelmed with clutter to being under-whelmed without clutter. I guess it comes down to being careful what you wish for, but emptiness is a good problem to have.  It’s much easier to fill empty space than to create it.  Perhaps the panic sets in at the thought of what needs to fill that space to block the wrong thing from creeping back in.  It takes some getting used to, but empty is good.  Empty means options and therefore empty is full. I am not a practitioner of Feng Shui, but the part of the philosophy […]

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Clean Slate of Mind

Ah, the clear desk.  There’s nothing like it.  It represents control and a sense of accomplishment, but it’s more than just a nice idea.  A clear work surface is nothing less than your MOST valuable organizing tool. That’s right.  I said organizing TOOL.  As with all tools, a work surface performs best when it is used with the right purpose. Storing junky tchotchkes on your work surface is like using a hammer to saw a plank.  So what does your work surface need to be dedicated to? PROCESSING PAPERWORK. To understand why this is so important, compare your office to your computer’s hard drive.  A computer uses thousands of megabytes on applications and documents, but it must reserve a certain amount of random access memory for PROCESSING data or it will get overwhelmed and crash.  If you run out of work surface to process paperwork, then YOU will be overwhelmed and crash! Now, perhaps you’re saying “Yeah, but I need everything out where I can see it!” I agree that if you need to make a point of acting on […]

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Negative Space

Negative Space

As an Organizer, I find the term “negative space” misleading. In design, negative space is the white area that falls between the dark “positive spaces.” Perhaps the most familiar example of negative space can be seen in the FedEx logo. As many of you have noticed by now, there is an arrow in the white space between the “e” and the “x.” That forward pointing arrow is negative space, but since it is such a perfectly POSITIVE symbol for FedEx it is hardly negative, in the bad sense. The same holds true for staying organized.

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