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Posts Tagged: “time management”

My Brain Needs a Defrag

When your computer hard drive slows down, you can run a defragmentation utility on it, rearranging the pieces of its memory to make it work better again. Sure wish you could do that for your brain! I've been traveling a lot recently and have had several projects going at once, along with everything that I… Read more »

Planning Pays! Duotasking Revisited

I want to bring up what I call "Duotasking" again. Not multitasking, DUOtasking. (See original post on this idea here.) My definition of Duotasking: Elegant pairs of tasks that can be done simultaneously with no negative effects. You can either set one task in motion to operate independently from the other, or one task might… Read more »

Yes, You CAN Check Your Email in the Morning!

I'm being a heretic again. It's quite popular now in our industry of organizing and productivity to give the firm advice not to check email first thing in the morning. I really have to disagree with that, and I'm sorry because some of the people who say this the most are friends of mine… But… Read more »

Clutter Video Tip: Build New Habits with “Habit Hooks”

Each week we are posting a one-minute-ish quick video tip on something useful and practical that you can apply right away! We all have habits, so why not add on to them and be more productive with your time? (Click here to watch on YouTube if you can’t see the embedded player.)   Transcript: Hi,… Read more »

I Screwed Up.

Yesterday I made a mistake. I missed a family event. It was "on my radar" the night before, it was on my calendar, and all my systems were set up correctly to remind me, but I just BLANKED. I am sure this has happened to every one of you reading this. (If not, please say… Read more »

Nine Creative Ways to Say “No”

I have always admired my friend, Renee Peterson Trudeau, for her ability to set boundaries between her work life and personal life and truly practice self-care. She is author of The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal, which is a book I recommend often. This brilliant article is an excerpt from it. During the holiday season we… Read more »

Yes, You DO Have Time…

I will no longer complain about time. I have declared these phrases off-limits for myself: "I'm in a hurry." "I don't have time for that." "That just ate up all my time." "There aren't enough hours in the day." Why am I doing this? Because we all DO have time. We have 168 hours of… Read more »

Doing = Having: Why Being Busy Can Mean More Clutter

I was just telling a reporter that many of the people we serve in our Clutter Diet online program are women who are doing too much. They are working full- or part-time outside the home, volunteering at school or at church (or both), rearing children, sometimes homeschooling, caring for aging parents, running a small business… Read more »

7 Useful Folder Categories You Might Not Be Using

Filing is typically a fairly personal thing, varying because of how people's brains work differently and the fact that people have unique experiences and memories and triggers. There are some standard file folder label names that almost everybody has in their file drawers, like "Bank Statements" or "Medical Insurance," but here are a few practical… Read more »

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