Quote of the Week: Your Little Bit of Good

Each week I share a quote that I hope will inspire, make you think or just make you smile. Here is this week’s quote:

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

– Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.

“…make people question what they do on reflex…”

On Thursdays I share a quote that I hope will inspire, make you think or just make you smile. Here is this week’s quote:

“I think that … the job of any photographer, or anyone who can call themself an artist, is to make people question what they do on reflex … to make people question a value or an idea that’s so common, that people haven’t really looked at it yet. And so, right now, what I’m standing for … it’s that.”  – Kevin Connolly

Your Inbox is NOT a Task List: 5 Tips

I’ve made the switch to using Google Apps as my email client.  I’ve been pretty happy, I must admit.  It’s nice to have access anywhere and not have to deal with nursing my other application.  However, I was making one mistake that dawned on me the other day.

The inbox is NOT a task list.

Oh sure, I know for some people that works well.  But not for me, maybe not for you either.  Here’s some things that can happen if you use your inbox as a task list: Continue reading Your Inbox is NOT a Task List: 5 Tips

Product Review: Neat Receipts Scanner

Neat Receipts Scanner

Have you seen Neat Receipts yet?  You have gotta check it out!  I just reviewed it for Sparkplugging (click to read the full article), and it’s also posted in Reviews section of the Neat Receipts website HERE. (Between PC World & Fortune Small Business I might add!!)

A portable little piece of technology that cuts down on data entry.  Gotta love that!

Love Neat Receipts?  Want to get one?  Check it out HERE.

What Happens In Your Home Office?

31 Days of Home Office Organizing TipsTip #16: Multi-task with a purpose

(Part of the 31 Days of Home Office Organizing Tips)

If you’re like most, you do a bit of multi-tasking in your home office.   If you have children, I’ll bet the are in there sometimes too.   Also, if you’re like most, you do many different things in your home office.  Sound familiar?

So, what happens in your home office?

If you work from home, it’s vital to set some boundaries around what happens in your home office.  If it’s for work, only keep work related supplies in your home office.  This is especially important if you are taking a home office deduction (consult your accountant for more details).  On the other hand, if you are a serial home office multi-tasker, get creative! Continue reading What Happens In Your Home Office?

Simplify Your Life: Ask For Help

What chore do I hate? Cleaning out my window sill & tracks. You know why? Because until yesterday, I didn’t know you could take the sliding window out, remove the track and clean it. How simple was that? Why didn’t I know that? Because I never asked. So, the process I went thru the clean the window was not only a royal pain, but wasn’t really effective. I couldn’t clean underneath, and my gag reflex kicked in today when I saw what was under there (thank goodness for vinyl windows!).

So, what the heck does that have to do with simplifying your life? A lot! Can you imagine how much easier it would have been, how many less bumps and bruises I would have had, and how much less time I would have spent on this mundane project if I would have known there was a much easier way? Well, my knuckles are all intact, but for argument sake, let’s talk about time:

Old way: 45 minutes per window, labor intensive, hated doing it so I avoided it (being honest)

New way: 15 minutes per window, very simple and fast to do, didn’t love doing it but definately won’t avoid it in the future

What does that mean? It means I saved myself 30 minutes per window (I have 12) and I now don’t hate doing this chore, hence I will do it more often.

What does that mean for you?

Well, think about a chore you hate to do. Since one of the subjects of this blog is organizing, let’s use that one. Say you’re struggling with your home office, and good grief, it is driving you crazy. So, you cope. You stack up the papers, avoid filing and generally go day after day trying to work in an office that you basically hate. You feel hopeless because what you’ve done in the past hasn’t worked. Instead, you could….

… ask a friend for help (who happens to have a rockin’ home office)

… form a “support group”, make a commitment to each other, help each other out with organization projects

… read a book like “It’s Hard To Make a Difference When You Can’t Find Your Keys”, by Marilyn Paul

… check out flylady.net for helpful tips to get you going

… subscribe to my e-newsletter!

BlogTalkRadio with Des Walsh – Audio

blogtalkradio-logoI had the pleasure of chatting with Des Walsh this afternoon on BlogTalkRadio.  I love BTR – that’s where The O Myth started!

Today we chatted about home office organization and some deeper topics around which need consideration if you’re going to really get organized for good.  So, here, take a listen.

Quote of the Week: Dancing in the rain…

On Thursdays I share a quote that I hope will inspire, make you think or just make you smile. Here is this week’s quote:

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain.”
~ Vivian Greene

I love inspirational quotes, and I have a few books I pull them from.  If you like them too, check out this reference book. Get a copy and just try to stop reading it!

Oxford Dictionary of Quotations on Amazon.com

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