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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Wasted Time vs. Downtime

By | April 20th, 2014|Categories: Home Organization, Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , |

Everyone is so busy these days, and there’s a lot of talk about productivity; getting a lot done with the time you have. You probably heard the term ‘time management’ a bazillion times. And you may have heard many say that we cannot manage time. Time is a constant that we cannot control. I may have said that before in previous posts. It’s true, but we can manage our actions for optimal productivity. Managing our actions to increase productivity includes, understanding the difference between wasted time and downtime. With this knowledge, you can plan your actions to make the most of your [...]

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Online Timesavers

By | December 30th, 2013|Categories: Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , |

We all say we need more hours in the day, more time. The reality is that we all have the same amount of time. What we do with the time we have indicates how productive we are. There is so much to do and we are always looking for shortcuts, ways to do what we need to do quickly. The Internet can be a wonderful time saving tool. It can also be a huge a time waster, so you have to be aware of the time you spend surfing the net. The list of categories below can help you shorten your [...]

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Time Clutter

By | November 4th, 2013|Categories: Planning, Productivity, Time Management|Tags: , , |

I heard or read something the other day about how much busier we are these days as opposed to say, the settlers that forged across the country to create a new life in the west. Those settlers were very good at managing their time, much better at it than we are today. They were no less busy than we are now, and they had handicaps then that we don’t have now. They hunted animals, farmed for their food, and prepared meals, instead of running to the grocery store, dining out, or better yet, having meals delivered to our homes. Homes, churches [...]

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Getting Back on Track

By | March 18th, 2013|Categories: Focus, Productivity|Tags: , , |

Getting back on track can be challenging when you’re interrupted by someone or something.  Interruptions can cause you to become distracted. Then it takes some time to figure out where you left off. Have you ever had one of those days that started out good, and then one significant, top priority task popped up that totally derailed your whole day? I did, just the other day. The day started out on track. I prepared for my day as I usually do with my list of tasks and started checking them off as I completed them. Mornings are a good time for [...]

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Planning For The New Year – 5 Points to Consider

By | December 27th, 2011|Categories: Planning, Productivity|Tags: , , |

Planning for the new year may not be not be front and center of your thoughts right now. The end of the year is typically busier than any other time of the year. We prepare our yards for winter by raking leaves, trimming bushes and putting down winter fertilizer. We prepare for the holidays by planning menus, buying gifts and decorating. We also tend to think about the things we want to accomplish in the coming year. Maybe you or someone in your family got engaged, so you’re thinking about wedding plans.  Or a new baby is on the way.  Or [...]

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Achieve Mental Clarity To Increase Productivity

By | August 29th, 2011|Categories: Focus, Productivity|Tags: , , , |

Have you ever had a problem you couldn’t resolve or a task to complete that you just couldn’t focus on? Of course, we all do at some time or another. Living in such a fast paced environment, with so much to remember and so much to do, it’s not surprising that this happens, and probably on a regular basis. Achieving mental clarity provides focus. External stimuli are contributors to this mind clutter, in fact everything you see turns into thoughts which can turn into clutter. Our minds have a tendency to constantly race to try and keep up with this [...]

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