Category Archives: How To Organize

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

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?

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.

A Teacher Office Makeover & “Shaking Off the Sleepies”

A couple things happening around the web I wanted to share with you all…

Teacher Office Makeover

This summer I had an incredible opportunity to work on a project with Portland Family Magazine.  I worked with a teacher on his office.  It was a great time, and the job turned out beautifully!  Continue reading A Teacher Office Makeover & “Shaking Off the Sleepies”

Progress, Not Perfection

One question I am asked when meeting someone new is “So, what do you do?”.   More often than not, when I tell them I am an Organization Consultant, they ask a handful of questions such as: “Oh, you’re one of those people with all your spices alphabetized?” (This one happens to be true.)  Or “I would love to see your house.  I bet it’s perfect!”  *insert awkward silence here*

Perfection, Shmerfection. Continue reading Progress, Not Perfection

I’m Hardly Ever On Time

photo by Caitlinator on flickr.com

I’ll admit, I hate trying to be on time.  It’s hard to do, and most times it’s downright impossible.  Now, before you get all up in arms, let me explain with I mean.

Getting there on time is overrated.

Let’s say you have a 3pm appointment.  So, you know it takes 30 minutes to get there.  You are prudent and build in a little time cushion, and you get in your car 45 minutes before the meeting, AKA 2:15.  Then, you hit a traffic backup, you get a flat tire or you get a hang nail… whatever.  Something gets in your way, and alas, you are late and definitely not on time.

Don’t be on time, be super-early.

Let’s take that 3:00 meeting again.  Instead of trying to stroll into that meeting at the stroke of 3:00, trying being there really, really early.  I do this whenever possible.  Here’s that I do:

  • Be prepared. Take a bag, throw in a notebook, something to write with, a project or two, a book and the laptop.  You have work to do anyway, and if you work from home, I’ll bet it doesn’t matter much where you are when you do it.
  • Are you going to work online or offline? That will determine where to go: the actual meeting location OR a nearby wifi hotspot.
  • Set out 2 or 3 times earlier than when the meeting starts. For a 3:00 meeting, I’d shoot for being there about 1-2 hours early.
  • Oh, look at that, I’m already here. Then, when the meeting starts, you’re already there.  No stress, and you even get some things done.

How about you?  Are you on time or early?


photo by Caitlinator on flickr.com

“How Do I Organize My Spouse?”

Question: How do I organize my spouse?

Answer:  You don’t.

This is a question I get a lot!  It’s difficult when taking on a project in the home or office when your spouse is less than lukewarm to the idea.  How do you get them on board?

Here’s an honest suggestion:  You work on yourself. I imagine you are looking at the screen now with a puzzled look on your face.  Not the answer you were expecting?  You’re not alone.

Organizing is a personal choice.

Organizing is a funny thing – it’s very personal.  You might think that sorting through your stuff and figuring out where it all goes wouldn’t make people uncomfortable – but for many it does (even if it doesn’t bother you). If you’ve decided you want to take on an organizing project in your home office, go for it!  But realize that you are doing it for yourself.  Get your spouse (and/or children) on board by politely requesting that they use the system you put in place.  Take small steps and don’t expect everyone to change because you are on fire about it.  It’s really like anything else in life… take small steps and you’ll make positive changes.  Just remember, it’s a personal choice.

Home Office Organization Series on StartupNation.com!

StartupNationHave you seen my home office organization series on StartupNation.com?  Here’s a rundown of the articles:

Home Office Organization: A Good Investment

Get Your Home Office Paperwork Under Control

Organize Your Stacks of Business Cards: 5 Simple Tips

Balance, Shmalance: It’s Really About Choices

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