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Eliminate 600 e-mails easily each year

Posted on Friday, January, 27th, 2012 at 12:09 AM   (No comments)

I train individuals on how to take control of their e-mail and work more effectively. One simple solution is to UNSUBSCRIBE from publications and regular advertisements — even from your favorite stores. Most people say, “It only takes a second to delete the (unwanted) e-mail.” So, they’ve never taken the time to unsubscribe. Here’s the truth:

 

If you receive 10 unwanted e-mails on a weekly basis and 10 more e-mails that arrive on a monthly basis, that adds up to 640 e-mails a year. If you take a few minutes to unsubscribe the next time you see these unwanted e-mails, you will protect your in-box from 640 e-mails! Yes, these are e-mails that you won’t have to deal with at all!

Choose color when organizing paper

Posted on Thursday, July, 7th, 2011 at 10:11 PM   (No comments)

Rainbow -- From a friend's window

 

I love learning from my clients. One client, an artist, already had a stellar system of daily to-do folders when I met her. She has 7 folders, one for each day of the week. What colors did she choose that would be easy to remember?

 

Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet. For all you color fans out there, it’s the old stand-by, ROY G. BIV! That’s the mnemonic to help remember the sequence of hues in the visible spectrum and in rainbows. (Thanks to Wikipedia for the definition.)

Never check e-mail in the morning

Posted on Saturday, April, 16th, 2011 at 12:02 AM   (No comments)

Laura with organizing guru Julie Morgenstern (on R) at San Diego conference

 

Now there’s a title that grabs your attention. What? Never check e-mail in the morning? Organizing guru and author of “Never Check E-mail in the Morning” Julie Morgenstern says devoting the first hour of the day to a critical task starts the day with you in charge and not the other way around. Makes sense!

I met Julie last week in San Diego at the annual conference of the National Association of Professional Organizers. More than 700 organizers attended, including some from the Netherlands, Brazil, Canada, Philippines, Australia and Japan!

Top 5 places to organize in your home

Posted on Wednesday, March, 30th, 2011 at 1:38 PM   (No comments)

Face the day with peace of mind and confidence by organizing these daily-use spaces in your home.

1) Kitchen — It’s the heart of the home and usually where everything lands when it comes in the door. If the kitchen is in chaos due to mail, school bags and recent purchases, it can add stress to your day and be a barrier to family meal time.

2) Home Office — Win the battle against paper and develop systems for handling paperwork and mail. If you have a home-based business, you want an orderly, professional-looking office so that you can focus on your business. Being organized in this space means an easy-to-use filing system and a space that you enjoy being in.

Throw away more

Posted on Saturday, March, 26th, 2011 at 1:15 PM   (No comments)

They say the size of your trash can is directly related to how much you are willing to throw out. Go bigger. If you have an itty, bitty trash can by your desk, get a bigger one. And, if you handle your mail in other rooms, like the family room, keep a trash can in there, too!

Delete e-mail without opening

Posted on Sunday, March, 20th, 2011 at 9:44 PM   (No comments)

One of my favorite time-saving e-mail tips is to do this first BEFORE opening any e-mail:  Delete everything you can without opening it. This includes junk mail, trails of e-mails that are not helpful to you, “fyi” e-mails that are not critical to your life or work right now, and e-publications that you don’t have time for that day or week. And an added bonus:  this also helps you remember who is in charge of your e-mail — take control!

Home office like a cubicle?

Posted on Sunday, March, 20th, 2011 at 9:34 PM   (No comments)

I finally have my own home office. Why would I set up my office like a cubicle? Been there, done cubicle world. U-shaped desks have proven to be the most productive workspaces. Everything is at your fingertips if you have drawers for supplies and filing, as well as a shelf or two for books or notebooks above.

Take action on paperwork

Posted on Saturday, March, 19th, 2011 at 6:57 AM   (No comments)

When reviewing papers, write the next action for that paper in the top right hand corner (eg. call, check online, file). This will save you time since the decision has been made and it’s now clear what to do with the paper when you see it again.

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