Points Of Compulsion To Stay Organized

By |2023-09-04T10:51:04-04:00October 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 Past Decision Blockers

By |2015-09-02T06:56:46-04:00September 1st, 2015|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Time Management|Tags: , , |

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: It Ain’t About Being Perfect

By |2015-03-05T09:01:36-05:00March 4th, 2015|Categories: Home Page, Time Management|Tags: , , |

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.

What Your Time Management System May Be Missing

By |2014-02-11T07:07:24-05:00February 11th, 2014|Categories: Home Page, Time Management|Tags: , , |

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.

Staying Organized When It All Goes Wrong

By |2013-10-08T18:02:21-04:00October 8th, 2013|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Time Management|Tags: , , |

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.

The Secret to the 10 Minute Purge

By |2023-09-04T10:26:34-04:00August 6th, 2013|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Paper Management, Time Management|Tags: , , |

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:

Book Review: A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization

By |2013-06-05T13:18:28-04:00June 4th, 2013|Categories: Clutter Control, Home Page, Product Reviews, Time Management|Tags: , , |

If you find that your biggest organizing challenges come from the trials of being a mother, A Mom’s Guide to Home Organization is a great resource. It’s written by Debbie Lillard, a mother of three children and a professional organizer since 2003.

The Weekly Round Up

By |2013-08-13T10:38:03-04:00January 29th, 2012|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

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.

What My Headlines Look Like

By |2019-04-01T19:40:43-04:00October 1st, 2011|Categories: Time Management|Tags: , , , |

A while back I described how to organize your to-do’s by comparing them to newspaper headlines. Today I want to share an actual model of what that might look like. To summarize, the front page of a newspaper is made up of a series of short compelling headlines. Each headline may have a short blurb, but it always has a connecter to the full story inside. Much of the time, what piles up on our desks are full stories.

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