Organizing Files By Temperature

By |2019-04-01T19:42:43-04:00February 14th, 2016|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Paper Management|Tags: , , |

Our clients often get ahead of themselves. I mean WAY ahead of themselves. We may be looking at 30 bags and boxes of papers and the client will ask, “Do you recommend color-coding my files?” What I’m really hearing in their voices is “CAN we color-code my files PLEASE?” It’s as if a magical rainbow of colors will make the 30 bags and boxes disappear.

When to Organize to 100%

By |2018-01-06T17:35:29-05:00November 2nd, 2015|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Paper Management|Tags: , , |

I have written a lot on the subject of perfectionism-as-a-barrier. People often confuse organizing with a quest to be perfect and that’s a mistake. Organizing is more about managing priorities effectively. That said, although we usually don’t have the time to be perfect, there are times when managing priorities benefits from pushing things to 100%. Here are three examples.

Points Of Compulsion To Stay Organized

By |2018-01-06T17:36:48-05:00October 22nd, 2015|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Paper Management, Systems, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

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.

Organizing A Wider Cast, To Last

By |2015-09-28T16:27:24-04:00September 28th, 2015|Categories: Clutter Control, Garage, Home Office, Home Page, Paper Management, Systems, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

We usually get called in for organizing help over a fairly limited problem: a cluttered garage, a pile of papers, or to-do’s not getting to done. It’s good to have a starting point, because it means that you have chosen a priority. However, to make the organizing last longer requires reaching a little further.

Organizing a Path Beyond Creativity

By |2014-12-09T11:29:56-05:00December 9th, 2014|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Paper Management|

Much has been written recently about a study done by Kathleen Vohs, at the University of Minnesota, that finds a messy work environment promotes creative thinking. Here’s my two cents. I’m a fan of evidence through science, but I am skeptical of these results. Furthermore, I would argue that creativity is rarely the biggest challenge.