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Entries from June 2008

Using 'White Noise' to Filter Distractions from Your Work Office

June 24th, 2008 · No Comments

In response to an article I published on the “Top 10 Distractions in the Office“, a reader wrote back to ask what a “white noise machine” was. He had read the following excerpt: Noise. Overhearing colleagues’ discussions, one-sided telephone conversations, or outside activities diverts your concentration. If you are easily distracted, close your door, use […]

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Tags: Interruptions

Vacations 2008: Are We Making Strides in Managing Time and Stress?

June 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Last summer I had the privilege of being interviewed by the NBC Nightly News as their Productivity Expert, dealing with the topic of vacation deprivation in the United States. The question was why we take fewer vacations days on average than other countries. Have we improved since last year? With the economy in flux right […]

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Tags: Work Life Balance

Effective Organizing Systems are Permanent Solutions to Being Overworked

June 12th, 2008 · No Comments

“Getting organized?  I tried it but it didn’t work.” An engineer with a public transportation system recently went to her boss because she was overwhelmed with daily work and their filing system was completely ineffective.  She wanted to have me come in to help her develop systems that would make a difference in her productivity […]

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Tags: Office Productivity

How Your Short Term Memory Fails as a Task Management and Prioritization Tool

June 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Another “senior moment”!  Why is it that the harder we work, the more difficult it becomes to remember the little details?  The more often we forget someone’s name or the location of our keys, the more the specter of Alzheimer’s creeps in. Yet forgetting things is not all negative.  It is important to let go of […]

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Tags: Time Management

Does Feng Shui Have a Place in Professional Office Productivity?

June 5th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Interest in Feng Shui has been rapidly growing over the past years.  While some companies espouse it wholeheartedly and hire Feng Shui consultants before even drawing plans for a building or choosing the actual site, others still see it as some sort of touchy/feely concept that doesn’t belong in the workplace.  Regardless of where you […]

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Tags: Feng Shui

Is Being Neat and Organized Overrated? You vote.

June 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

Costco’s Connection magazine this month contains the article, “Is Being Neat and Organized Overrated?”  (Once linked, click  “Pages” on the top bar and then scroll down to the 4th or 5th row, depending on your browser.)  It features contrasting opinions by David Freedman, author of “A Perfect Mess:  The Hidden Benefits of Disorder” and Standolyn Robertson, […]

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Tags: Organizing Tips