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Top 10 Dedicated Zones

Establishing and maintaining dedicated zones are essential to staying organized.  Here are the top 10 dedicated zones every home should have. 1. Out-the-door zone.  Leaving the house can be a stressful moment. “Did I remember everything I need?” Keep a small table or shelf near the door JUST for the items you need to make a point of remembering: cell phone, keys, sunglasses, library books, etc. If you clutter this area up with other items, the vital ones become easier to ignore. 2. Clear work surface.  A clear work surface is your number one organizing tool because it allows for processing, which is vital for fluid circulation. There should be at least one dedicated clear work surface in every room. 3. Donate zone. Face it.  You haven’t removed the last of your donations.  There will be more, so give them a holding area.  A shelf in the garage (near the exit vehicle) is ideal. 4. Task collector.  Tasks you must make a point of acting on, need to be collected in just one place for them to feel manageable. 5. […]

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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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Why Your Action System Isn’t Working

What action system do you used to get things done? Outlook? A Filofax? Your Smart phone? Maybe a good old fashioned to-do list? Odds are you are using a combination of all of the above.  If your system is not working, it’s helpful to look at all the elements that make a good action system.   If any one of these elements are not working, the whole system can fall apart. Element 1: Single Focus. You may go to bed with a beautifully worked out plan for tomorrow, but of course stuff happens.  I won’t waste time on why you get distracted from your plan.  It happens to the most disciplined of us.  What’s important is that you at least DO start with a plan, a single page in a single place, so that you have one place to return to after your inevitable distractions. If your plan is divided your focus will be too. Element 2: Fixed Events. To-do lists don’t work for several reasons.  The first is, they don’t take into account your fixed events of the day.  You’re […]

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