July 2010 - Posts

Happiness is a Clutter Free Desk
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 9:26 AM

 

To pile or to file? An age old question with no right answer. In our recent Pile it On!  post we offered tips for the nearly half of all American employees who organize paper by piling.

But what of the other half? The 50 percent who need a clean desk and carefully filed papers to achieve maximum productivity and serenity?

You know who you are. You know your way around an accordion folder and can conjure up your tax returns from 1987 or last month's quarterly report within moments. You own a label maker. You are a filer. And you're good at it! But could you be better?

Recent Convert

If you're relatively new to the organization game or if you're filer/piler hybrid seeking to quit piling tendencies, we've assembled some useful resources for quick and simple filing strategies. See how your system stacks up.


Filing Maven

You have your strategy down. Color coding and categorizing is second nature. You find filing fun and organizing cathartic. You are not alone!

The blogosphere is full of talented and informative organizing mavens. Tap into their wisdom and consider sharing your own. We've compiled a short list of some of the best of the breed organizing blogs:

 

Clean desk devotees, as you maintain your filing systems, keeping clutter successfully at bay, remember the words of humorist Robert Orben, "Happiness is a very small desk and a very big wastebasket." 

Do you have special tips for keeping your desk clutter free? Is there a blog that you follow for organizing advice? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.

by Carly Fadako

 

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Laser in on Maintaining Focus
Thursday, July 01, 2010 8:46 AM

Veteran management consultant David Allen opens his bestselling book Getting Things Done with a bold statement: "It's possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relaxed control."

Allen runs a productivity training and publishing empire. He might well be considered a man with an overwhelming to-do list. But clearly he is able to maintain focus and be productive. He's not alone.

In my search for strategies for improving focus and beating procrastination I've absorbed a lot of valuable advice. One of my favorite tips is David Allen's Two-Minute Rule. If your to-do list has a crucial task that can be done in two minutes or less, get it over with, freeing up your time and mind for the long term.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to maintaining focus, I've collected some resources offering useful tips.  Read on and see if any of the strategies click:

My own road-tested advice from nearly 20 years in marketing and management for global business leaders including Esselte is to keep your focus simple and clear. When goals and objectives are easily understood, you can avoid the thickets of distraction along the path to success.

How do you keep focus? Is there a tip or technique that has made a difference for you? Share your thoughts here and on the Beyond Folders Community's Facebook and Twitter pages.

by Candie Harris

 

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