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Entries from January 2008

Shredding Large Quantities–Easy & Affordable

January 31st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Even if you are not a large company, there are easy ways to deal with outdated, confidential materials, other than sitting in front of a shredder feeding 3-10 pages at a time. In my work with small companies, how to get rid of documents is a frequently asked question in the struggle to manage paper. […]

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Tags: Office Productivity · Paper Management

Is Clutter the Sign of a Good Citizen?

January 28th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“How did consumption–the willingness to buy food, clothes, cars, electronics, appliances and homes–become Americans’ defense against economic collapse?” This was a question posed by Katherine Reynolds Lewis in the Houston Chronicle’s article of 1/28/2008, “It is a U.S. duty to spend?” The reality is that the average American is surrounded by more clothes, electronics, and […]

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Tags: Organizing Tips · Work Life Balance

Are You Organized for Emergencies?

January 24th, 2008 · No Comments

I was recently startled by a statistic in the newspaper showing that less than 10% of Americans have wills, even though the majority are aware of their importance. I am a firm proponent of the idea that being organized is not about pretty and neat, but rather about being prepared for any opportunity. Let’s expand […]

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Tags: Planning

Holding onto Distractions and Interruptions

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

It is a common refrain: “I’d get something done if I weren’t always interrupted and distracted.” There are tools and techniques that help you manage your daily schedule better and get more productive work done. However even when someone is familiar with the processes, they may still not be utilizing the concepts. Why? Have you […]

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Tags: Interruptions · Personal Productivity · Procrastination

The Industry of Organizing Your Life

January 16th, 2008 · No Comments

Getting organized has become a $6 billion industry. The concept is not new, but the tools to make it happen keep evolving. No longer are you faced with the choice of storage containers in blue or clear plastic. You can now choose your materials, from bamboo to sea grass. Do you want the good news […]

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Tags: Organizing Tips · Personal Productivity

Cell Phones Slowing You Down

January 14th, 2008 · No Comments

Here’s one more dig at multitasking: a study reported by the Wall Street Journal (January 3) suggests that drivers who are talking on cell phones drive slower and that interferes with the flow of traffic. Are you surprised by that? Probably not. In my time management seminars, one of our focal points is multitasking and […]

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Tags: Mobile Office · Multitasking · Productive Technology

Ergonomic Offices Are More Productive

January 11th, 2008 · No Comments

A business owner is always challenged by time constraints and money limits. Taking time to develop an ergonomic office may not be at the top of the list. However, perhaps it should be when you examine these findings: 80% of office workers using adjustable, ergonomic workstations suffered less musculoskeletal discomfort and were substantially more productive. […]

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Tags: Office Productivity

Another Time Robber: Medical Identity Theft

January 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Your medical card is a million-dollar credit card. We have all heard so much about identity theft and what a nightmare scenario can result. Besides credit issues, countless hours are consumed trying to correct the damage. Those hours eat into work time as well as personal time. In addition, there is worry about the resultant […]

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Tags: Personal Productivity

Upgrading Takes Time from Your Schedule

January 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Did you receive some new tools this Christmas? By tools I include electronic games, cell phones, and cameras along with traditional tools that now may include sonic tape measures and self-leveling lasers. If you are like so many of us, even a couple of weeks later you are still trying to figure out some of […]

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Tags: Productive Technology

Managing Email with Email-Free Work Days

January 4th, 2008 · No Comments

Can you imagine a day without email? Suppose the whole company banned managing email once a week on Fridays? For most people, the first response is an immediate objection. In my time management seminars, even bringing up the idea of setting blocks of time each day for processing email vs. letting it interrupt you all […]

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Tags: Email Management · Time Management