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Product Review: Monkey Bars

Product Review: Monkey Bars

There is no better garage organizing system than Monkey Bars. Period. I’m not getting paid to say that. I just really, really love this product. Why? Let me count the ways.

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December 2015, Better Connecticut, Time Management

December 2015, Better Connecticut, Time Management

Matt talks New Years resolutions and time management with Kara Sundlun on Better Connecticut, WFSB, Channel 3.

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Points Of Compulsion To Stay Organized

Points Of Compulsion To Stay Organized

It is impossible to stay organized without action. If there’s no action on paying bills, the mail will pile up; if theres no action on the laundry, the clothes will pile up; etc. Certain points of compulsion are necessary to ensure that these actions happen.

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Celebrating Freedom Though Organizing

Celebrating Freedom Though Organizing

Saturday we celebrate Independence Day and the birth of our country. This country grants us many freedoms, but it’s amazing the barriers we impose on ourselves. I have found organizing to be a great liberator.

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Something the Middle Ages Actually Got Right

Something the Middle Ages Actually Got Right

The modern definition of clutter is a collection of things lying about in an untidy mass, which I find woefully inadequate. It doesn’t address the value of these “things.” The origin of the word clutter, is from the Middle English, clotter, which means to clot. I actually like that better.

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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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Why Most Organizing Products Don’t Work

Why Most Organizing Products Don’t Work

If it feels like you’ve tried every organizing product and nothing seems to work, don’t blame yourself. Most organizing products are inherently flawed. Why? Disregard of context.

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“Papers? I’ve Gotta Go Through Those MYSELF.”

“Papers? I’ve Gotta Go Through Those MYSELF.”

Sometimes when we are sorting and purging our client’s stuff, we come across some bags of papers and the client will tell us “I’ve gotta go through those myself.” I’ve challenged this argument so many times, I thought I’d blog about it. What follows are the reasons for their argument and why they don’t hold water.

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Hobbled

Hobbled

If being organized has been a lifelong challenge, then new habits are necessary to get and stay organized. Sometimes, however, organizing challenges can be overcome just by addressing the structures we choose. Staying organized requires easy, reliable movement from one stage to the next. Circulation prevents accumulation. Here are some examples of structures that we hobble ourselves with, just like a hobbled horse.

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Simple Can Be Harder

“That’s been one of my mantras—focus and simplicity.  Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.  But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” –       Steve Jobs Steve Jobs’ passing represents a huge loss, but he leaves behind a tremendous legacy.  One could go on for hours about that legacy, but today I just want to address Job’s quote above, because it has a lot to do with effective organizing. Getting organized is always about taking the less important stuff out of the way so that you can get to the most important stuff.  This is what I have been most successful at helping people with.  The really challenging part, however, is setting up systems that depend on “focus and simplicity.” We can establish organizing systems that start with focus and simplicity, but they fall victim to the old habit of adding extra stuff that just interferes. This phenomenon can be illustrated by another cultural icon, Frasier.  In Episode 13, […]

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