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Procrastinating vs Deferring Tasks

By | October 16th, 2019|Categories: Procrastination, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

There is procrastinating, and then there is deferring tasks. Understanding the difference between the two is important in terms of productivity.  Let’s explore the differences to determine how to work with both to increase productivity. Procrastinating Definition according to the Merriam Webster dictionary: ‘to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done’ Let’s face it, we are all guilty of procrastinating on tasks ‘that should be done’, especially those that we don’t want to do. Whether they are work tasks or personal tasks, it’s the same.  There are reasons we do this and it may be different [...]

When is Your Peak Performance Time?

By | October 1st, 2019|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Everyone has a peak performance time.  What I mean by that is, the time of day that your brain functions in an exceptional state.  During this time, you’re more likely to get the most work done, especially creative or analytical tasks. Most of us fall into the category of early birds, or night owls, but some fall in between. Scientists have studied patterns of cognitive ability and how they fluctuate during the day. It has to do with our personal patterns of circadian rhythms as described in this Business Insider post. It’s more than likely that you know your peak [...]

Overthinking Can be The Demise of Your Productivity

By | July 26th, 2019|Categories: Planning, Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

When you create a plan, are you overthinking the steps needed to reach the end goal?  Does your research go on forever? Does your plan need to be perfect before you take action? Are the tasks so complicated that you just don’t want to perform them? If any of the above questions resonate with you, you may need to rethink your planning process.  Perfectionism and procrastination are the enemies of productivity. There is no such thing as perfect and good enough gets the job done.  Think about what motivates you - listening to music, a reward as you complete a [...]

What is a Body Double?

By | February 12th, 2019|Categories: Motivation, Productivity|Tags: , , , |

You may be familiar with the term, ‘stunt double’, specifically in the movie industry. Stunt doubles are trained to perform stunts that are typically dangerous in nature, in the place of an actor.  But what is a body double you ask? You may not be familiar with the term ‘body double’. This term has a very different meaning than a stunt double.  It’s used in the organizing industry, most notably for those with Attention Deficit Disorder(ADD), but not exclusively. In a nutshell, a body double is another person that sits with you, or occupies the same area while you work [...]

Productivity & Organization via Smartphone

By | October 18th, 2017|Categories: Home Organization, Productivity, Reduce Stress|Tags: , , |

In January 2017, about 95% of Americans owned a cell phone of some kind. About 77% own smartphones, per the Pew Research Center.  That means that the average person has the ability to stay connected to others in some way, whether you own a cell phone or a smartphone. Smartphones have advanced in technology exponentially over a very short period of time.  There is little if anything, that you cannot do on a smartphone that you can do on a laptop or a desktop computer. Since smartphones can be connected to the internet, any kind of information is right at [...]

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6 Tips to Organize Your Thoughts

By | September 12th, 2017|Categories: Decluttering, Focus, Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Anything can be organized, even your thoughts.  We say that we can’t help the way we think, but we can!  There may be things in life that we have no control over, but our thoughts are not one of them. When a thought comes to mind, you make the choice to accept or reject that thought.  Your choice may be conscious or subconscious, but either way it’s your choice. Our brains function basically like computers. They are constantly processing information; incoming thoughts and outgoing actions. At times, so many thoughts are floating around in our heads that we can’t keep [...]

How to Set up a Portable Office

By | November 9th, 2016|Categories: Paper Management, Planning, Productivity, Storage|Tags: , , , |

    A portable office can mean different things to different people.  To some it means working out of their car, to others it can mean the ability to work in various rooms around their home, or bringing work home from the office.  Actually, anything that can be moved from one place to another makes it portable. There can be a variety of reasons why we have a need for a portable office.  Some may have no spare room or space for a home office.  Others may not like to work in the space where they set up their home [...]

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Behavior Based Organizing

By | October 19th, 2016|Categories: Productivity, Routines, Time Management|Tags: , , , , |

What is behavior based organizing?  The answer is, organizing solutions based on natural habits and routines.  If a solution is created that requires actions radically different than you are used to, it forces you to radically change your behavior.  When you force a behavior change, you are less likely to maintain your solutions. We all have them, even the most disorganized have some established routines and habits.  These routines may, or may not work well, depending on how you organize the steps.  The key is the efficiency of the steps in the routine, in terms of behavior.  Organization equals efficiency. [...]

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Using Processes Saves Time & Increases Productivity

By | October 5th, 2016|Categories: Home Organization, Organizing Tips, Productivity, Routines, Time Management|Tags: , |

‘Use processes to increase productivity.’  Anyone that has ever worked in an office understands that statement.  As a matter of fact, everything we do, whether it’s income generating or not, revolves around a process.  The word ‘process’ is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as follows, “a series of actions that produce something or that lead to a particular result.” The particular result in regards to using processes is increased productivity.  You save time by not having to think about the steps you need to take to produce a particular result.  When you repeat a process regularly, it becomes routine, you [...]

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Let’s Discuss Priorities

By | June 8th, 2016|Categories: Planning, Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , |

  Priorities are things that are more important than other things, and need to be dealt with first.  That is the definition as shown in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. As I think about priorities, I understand that they are different for everyone.  Your perception of yours may be viewed differently than the way someone else may view them.  Someone else may feel that one of your priorities is more important than another.  Perception plays a big part in determining what is more important than something else.  This comes into play when you work for someone else.  They may want you to [...]

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