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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Determining Root Cause

By |2020-11-17T13:41:13-06:00May 28th, 2020|Categories: Problem Solving|Tags: , , |

In my previous life, I worked in IT on a technical support help desk.  People would call in for help with technical issues with their computer equipment.  Part of problem solving on the help desk is to try to determine the root cause of the issue. You probably have had situations in the past where you had to call a service providers support center to resolve an issue for you.  Maybe your phone or internet service was not working, so you called for assistance.  The technician will ask questions to try to determine the root cause of the issue. This [...]

Why I Say Professional Organizers Are Lazy

By |2020-11-17T13:41:16-06:00February 19th, 2020|Categories: Home Organization|Tags: , , , , , |

Why do I say that professional organizers are lazy? Because I am one so I know! What I mean by this statement, is that we know what it means to be organized. We also understand the challenges it presents when we are not, not to mention the stress it can cause. Professional organizers want solutions in place to make our lives easier, hence the lazy comment. The solutions we create for ourselves and our clients, allow a flow into our busy lives as if we are on auto-pilot.  We want our clients lives to be easy and relatively stress-free like [...]

Procrastinating vs Deferring Tasks

By |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00October 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 |2020-11-17T13:41:18-06:00October 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 |2020-11-17T13:41:19-06:00July 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 |2020-11-17T13:41:23-06:00February 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 [...]

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