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Remove The Friction

Life is full of stumbling blocks you have no control of.  You can best equip yourself to take on these challenges by making every step of your most regular and predictable processes as easy as possible.  This requires looking at the points in the process that cause friction and removing it.  This applies to every process, but I am going to stick with the example of sorting the daily mail. Friction: You don’t feel like addressing today’s mail because there is so much of it. Remove the Friction: Don’t think of the mail as a single mountain of challenges.  In fact, don’t even call it “mail.” Call it bills to pay, junk mail to toss, donations to consider, statements to file, etc.  Sort it accordingly.  Remove the pressure on yourself to address every piece and simply commit to sorting them. This should take less than two minutes. No friction. Friction: You resist the sorting idea because it just leads to sorted piles on the dining table that eventually run into each other. Remove the Friction: Never accept the dining table […]

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Swimming Upstream

I have observed folks making some pretty odd choices in an effort to gain surface area.  Now don’t get me wrong.  Gaining surface area is a very worthy goal.  In fact, I have often stated that a clear work surface is the MOST valuable tool in getting organized and staying organized, but only if it HELPS with regular processes, NOT interferes with them. Case in point: the kitchen counter.  It’s definitely helpful to keep this surface clear to prepare food, but you can’t deny the need to dry dishes there as well.  So it makes no sense to me when I see people putting their dish rack away and leaving less useful stuff out.  It’s a safe bet that the contents of the cabinets and drawers could use some purging.  This will free up the space you need for the cereal boxes, rarely used spices, rubbermaid containers, and empty bags that tend to clog up the vital counter space.  But leave the dish drainer OUT where you need it everyday. Here’s another one:  the hamper in the closet.  I work […]

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