Productivity

Home/Productivity

Delegate Tasks to Increase Productivity & Relieve Stress

By |2021-09-21T15:00:24-05:00September 29th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Delegate, delegate, delegate! This is such an underutilized option, especially when you’re overwhelmed. When you’re overwhelmed, your productivity level drops and your stress level increases. Some feel that they have to do everything themselves or these things won’t get done correctly. What this does is creates a tremendous amount of stress on themselves.  If something isn’t done to perfection, what’s the worst that will happen?  It’s less stressful to get things done and adopt an attitude of ‘good enough’. You wouldn’t try to perform a task when you don’t possess the skills would you? So, you delegate that task to [...]

Hair on Fire Most Days? Organizing Your Life Will Douse Those Flames

By |2021-09-13T10:24:05-05:00September 15th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

Does the first part of the title of this post resonate with you? If so, then consider organizing your life to douse those flames as stated in the second part of the title.  By eliminating your constant ‘hair on fire’ scenarios, you will live a less stressful, more productive and peaceful life.  But first, determine what areas of your life cause the ‘hair on fire’ scenario the most. Are you constantly looking for your keys, making you late to work, appointments, or school? Are you buying multiples of items because you didn’t know you already had one or more of [...]

6 Ways to Work Smarter Not Harder

By |2021-05-10T17:47:10-05:00May 12th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

The phrase work smarter not harder could have a different meaning for everyone.  After researching this phrase, I discovered the term originated in the 1930’s by Allen F. Morgenstern.  As an industrial engineer, he created a work simplification program to increase productivity using less effort. There are differing opinions on this idea, some agree, while others don’t. These opinions come from the perspective of each person. My perspective, or opinion, leans the way of agreement in the phrase, work smarter not harder. Allow me to explain. In the past I wrote an article titled ‘Why I Say Professional Organizers Are [...]

Using a Process to Put Down Mulch

By |2021-04-29T14:35:52-05:00May 5th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Every year I contemplate whether I should put down mulch in my garden beds. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t, but when I do, it’s a big job. And spring is typically when you start to see landscape companies spreading mulch in the yards of homes and businesses in the community. This may not seem like a topic related to organizing or productivity, but it does relate to using a process which does optimize productivity.  The process I use to put down mulch may be different than yours, but a process is used all the same. Whether you hire it [...]

Determining Why You Can’t Get Things Done

By |2021-04-13T10:05:34-05:00April 14th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Have you ever asked the question, why can’t I get things done? I’m sure many people have wondered about that at some point in their lives, I know I have.  We are living in a fast-paced world and have so much to do all the time that it’s challenging to keep up with everything. That’s not to say that it’s impossible.  Keeping your sanity as you get things done is another very important issue. At the end of the day, you want to feel like you’ve been productive, but if you’re so worn out, both physically and mentally, chances are [...]

It’s OK to Ask For Help

By |2021-02-26T13:44:29-06:00February 26th, 2021|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , , |

When you ask for help is not a weakness, it’s a strength. It means you understand your capabilities and your limitations. As we get older, we discover that we can’t do all the things we could do when we were younger, physically and possibly mentally. Aging is not the only reason that we may need to ask for help. Not everyone has the skills to do everything. Physical strength is another reason.  If the task you need done requires strength you don’t have, regardless of your age, you need to ask for help. Even if you do have the skillset [...]

Creating Gaps in Our Schedules

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00July 29th, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , , , |

There are a lot of people that use a schedule to get things done. For those of us that use them, we all have, or should be creating gaps in our schedules. In this context, they are little, or sometimes big snippets of time between appointments, tasks or projects. If you already have them in place, that’s a good thing.  Creating gaps in our schedules is a good time management practice.  It’s also good for productivity, and to keep from becoming overwhelmed and stressed out. A gap in between appointments or tasks, allows us to regroup and breathe before moving [...]

Using Visual Cues as Reminders

By |2020-11-17T13:41:12-06:00July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , , |

Using visual cues as reminders to do things is a great productivity hack.  On a related note, it’s a great way to create a routine, and also to reach a goal. We all have a lot of things to do on a daily basis and remembering to do them can be challenging. However, when we get into the habit of performing repetitive tasks such as in a routine, after some time, the routine becomes habit and we don’t even think about the actions involved. In the case of creating a routine, visual cues come in handy as a reminder to [...]

Taking a Break For The Sake of Getting Things Done

By |2020-11-17T13:41:13-06:00June 3rd, 2020|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , , |

Do you find that you have issues with getting things done? Taking a break sounds counterproductive, right? It may seem that way but there have been scientific studies conducted over time on this subject. Researchers found that taking a break, actually frequent breaks, can increase productivity. A break is a pause in your work with the intent of going back to what you were doing after a short period of time.  It takes your mind off of a task to refresh your brain. There are different schools of thought as to how long to work before taking a break, and [...]

Multiples of One Item Doesn’t Always Cause Clutter

By |2020-11-17T13:41:14-06:00May 20th, 2020|Categories: Productivity|Tags: , , , , |

Professional organizers, me included, often write about having multiples of one item causing clutter. That can be true if you’re not using all of them due to lack of need, and organization. Each item you own needs to be assigned a home, but sometimes homes can be in various places, confused? Let me explain. There are some instances where multiples of one item are needed because you use them in more than one location.  This concept can be a time saver. Multiples of one item such as reading glasses, may be used in different rooms in your home at different [...]

Go to Top