A Saucy Time Management Technique

A while back I was sitting down with SEO master Ed Winslow of NicheQuest and he shared a time management technique with me, with a funny name. It’s called the Pomodoro Technique. In it’s bare essence, the Pomodoro Technique involves working for 25 minutes and resting for 5 minutes.

Top 5 Ways to Make Resolutions Stick

The new year is a natural time to make new resolutions. Whether your resolutions are goals or habits, these five tips will help make them stick.

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Father Away From Excess

Yes, I know I left out an “r” in the title. It’s a bad pun, but that’s OK, because my father loved bad puns. On this Father’s Day, I remember my father fondly. There’s no other way to remember him. As this is an organizing blog, I want to talk about my minimalist roots that came from Dad.

Time Management for Resolutions

The new year is still a few weeks away, but this is the perfect time to think about how to make those new years resolutions a reality this year. Effective time management is the key.

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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Organizing A Wider Cast, To Last

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.

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Organizing Past Decision Blockers

It’s very easy to beat oneself up for not finishing tasks like decluttering, but there are usually pretty good reasons for it. Sure, laziness or lack of motivation can play into it, but what makes tasks difficult is not the actions, but the decisions involved. In fact, my favorite definition of “clutter” is Barbara Hemphill’s “postponed decisions.”

Organizing Breathing Room into Your Systems

When I first started my organizing business, I called it Breathing Room. Back then I believed that breathing room is a highly desired result from getting organized. I still do. I also believe it is a vital component to organizing systems for both space and time.

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Organizing: It Ain’t About Being Perfect

Yup that’s me, enjoying a heavenly IPA at Coalhouse Pizza. That’s about as close as this 7-day-a-week business owner gets to happy hour. The laptop comes with me, so I can write posts like this one. So what’s the point I’m making here? I consider myself very organized and I, literally, make it my business to empower others with organizing, but organizing has got nothing to do with being perfect.

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What Your Time Management System May Be Missing

If the conclusion you are drawing from the combination of this title and this photo, is that your Time Management System is missing Post-It notes, then go ahead and laugh. There’s a little more to it than that, but I stand by my Post-It’s. There are a lot of time management systems out there, both paper and digital, but I have found that NONE of them facilitate prioritizing, especially sudden RE-prioritizing.

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Getting Organized for 2014

Getting organized is a very popular New Year’s resolution, but like so many resolutions, it can be a very difficult one to keep, without some simple guidelines. Here are some simple guidelines.

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Staying Organized When It All Goes Wrong

Being organized makes even the worst events in life better. It just requires a shift in thinking. In fact, it is quite possible to find organizing easier, when there is true adversity.

I’m always surprised how often clients greet me with apologies that they haven’t been able to stay organized because of emergencies that come up.

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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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The Secret to the 10 Minute Purge

You know those magazine articles or online features that offer “Great Organizing Tips!”? They almost always include a tip that says something to the effect of: “Spend just 10 minutes throwing out unwanted items.” Often they advise to “just start with the junk drawer!”

A ten minute purge can be very unsatisfying without three key guidelines. So the secret to the 10 minute purge is actually 3 secrets: