Minimalists of the world, this post isn't for you. You
already turn a steely eye on all items and paperwork, paring down your life to
the strict essentials. This post is for anyone with a kitchen drawer full of
doodads and closets that might generously be called...full.
If you crave a simple, streamlined home and work space,
but are undone by deciding what to keep, what to toss, check out our round up
of resources. You'll be clutter free in no time.
Paperwork: Piles of papers are a major source
of stress. Figuring out what papers need to be kept, and which you can happily
toss is easy using our past post File or Toss? A Handy
Guide for Assessing Your Paperwork. You'll learn tips the time-frame for keeping certain documents,
which papers need to be kept for a lifetime and which papers can be
Kitchen: Is your pantry a repository of dusty
canned goods and spices past their expiration date? Tame kitchen clutter with
the useful tips here and here. While you're at it, consider organizing your kitchen with an
eye towards wellness and healthy eating with the tips in our past post Organizing Your Kitchen for Wellness.
Closets: Are your closets full to bursting?
Create breathing room with the tips in our past post Organizing Your Closet for Sweater Weather. Don't let the name fool you, this post has closet cleaning tips
for more than just sweater season. So if you can't figure out where the heck
your bathing suits and flip flops are in your avalanche of clothes, this post
is for you as well.
do you assess what to keep, what to toss? Share your thoughts here and on the
Pendaflex Facebook page.
Smartphone cameras, Instagram and Hipstamatic: the
ease of capturing digital photos is creating a nation of paparazzi-like
photogs, snapping away every minute of the day. But while celebrities court
cameras and the white-hot spotlight, not everyone appreciates being photographed,
or tagged in images online.
Tag or Not?
When is it okay to tag
people on Facebook, or other photo sharing sites, and when should you hold
back? Ask two different people and you're likely to get two different answers.
Some people believe you should always ask for permission before you take or
post photos. Ditto for tagging people. Others think posting photos (as long as
they are flattering) is always fine. Still others have different rules for
posting photos of young children then they do adults.
no hard-and-fast rules exist, use commonsense. Our past post, Photo Finish: What to
Keep Off of Facebook, helps
spell out what images to avoid posting online.
To avoid further pitfalls, check out the
advice in these useful resources:
Finally, if you are concerned about what photos of you may be
popping up on Facebook, check out our newest productivity tool: the Pendaflex Tag Tamer. This free,
user-friendly app easily finds and removes unwanted photos. Never be
embarrassed by a Facebook photo again.
do you decide what photos to post and tag on Facebook? Has anyone ever tagged
you in an embarrassing photo? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex
We've all heard the horror stories of unwanted or
embarrassing photos popping up on Facebook. Witness the case of a Florida
fireman who was recently investigated after his boss saw pictures of his
minor children on Facebook posing with alcoholic beverages. Puts your own
recent "bad hair day" photo into perspective doesn't it?
Knowing that the new Facebook Timeline format
makes photos more visible and discoverable than ever, we recently
launched the Pendaflex Tag Tamer, a free, user-friendly app for finding and
removing unwanted photos.
Tag Tamer streamlines the search process, letting users search for photos by
month and year as well as by others tagged in the same photo. So say good-bye
to manually scrolling through countless photos and hello to a one-click search
that gathers photos in one easy-to-see window.
you have your photos neatly corralled, review them for suitability. While
individuals may differ on what constitutes an acceptable photo, experts offer
these useful guidelines.
commonsense when reviewing pictures, asking yourself the "New York Times"
question: how would I feel if this image was on the front page of the New York
Times? Then, delete or keep accordingly.
do you manage your images on Facebook? Has anyone ever tagged you in an
embarrassing photo? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook
with their built-in digital cameras, have made for a snap-happy world. Last New
Year's Eve alone an estimated 750 million pictures
were posted to Facebook. Odds are not every photo was flattering: too much
"Auld Lang Syne" can look pretty embarrassing in the light of day.
how easy it is to be tagged in Facebook photos for the world to see, it's
critical to manage how your image is presented on the social media giant. Putting
your best face forward on Facebook is more than just mere vanity; it's as critical
to your professional reputation as impeccable references and a polished resume.
Consider the following:
how to keep all those "bad hair day" photos off Facebook once and for all?
Try the Pendaflex Tag Tamer, a free, user-friendly app for finding and removing
Tag Tamer streamlines the search process, letting users search for photos by
month and year as well as by others tagged in the same photo. The Pendaflex Tag
tamer is faster, and more efficient, than the Facebook default method for
hunters, college grads with an active "virtual" life and anyone with friends
and family who are always snapping digital pictures will want to visit the Pendaflex
Facebook page to download the free app. Get ready to say good-bye to unwanted
or embarrassing photos for good.
Chances are you've caught some of the buzz around the latest social media addiction Pinterest. After all, with 17 million plus new users, it joins the ranks of the top three social media sites along with giants Facebook and its nearest rival Tumblr. So why is everyone suddenly "pinning" and how can you get in on the action?
Pinterest works as a virtual "pin board" and allows users to collect and categorize images. The site is by invitation only, but don't let that scare you off; you can request an invitation from Pinterest and one generally materializes in your in-box a few days later.
Pinterest is right up our organizational alley. Simple, streamlined and easy to use, Pinterest is the perfect counterpart to paper organizing. The site allows users to readily and easily capture digital images, be they home décor inspiration, recipes or fashion.
The site allows for simple categorization, images are "pinned" to specific boards that they user creates. There is also a social networking component that allows users to seek inspiration from others or to follow like-minded pinners.
Organizing is why we get up in the morning and between Pinterest and Pendaflex, storing the bits and pieces of one's life, be they digital ephemera or paper, has never been easier. And we like easy almost as much as we like organization.
For more on Pinterest, read:
Have you jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon? How do you organize your pin boards? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Happiness is on your mind: last month's post How to Be Happy At Work got our readers clicking like crazy. After all, who doesn't want to be happy at work? So many hours of each day are spent at our desks, if we're not happy at work; we're spending a large part of our day feeling unhappy indeed.
We know that our tips on cultivating happiness at work boost your happiness quotient because you told us so. Ready for more ideas?
No one gives happiness advice like Gretchen Rubin, creator of the blog and book The Happiness Project. Rubin devoted a calendar year to both studying happiness and trying to boost her happiness levels with specific steps each month. Rubin's entire web site has great, user-friendly advice; we particularly like a recent post, Feel Grateful for the Basics. In it, Rubin examines the "lost wallet syndrome," which is the phenomenon of taking for granted the things that make our life easy, pleasant and provide happiness. Only once those things are "lost" do we realize their crucial role in our happiness. Bottom line: appreciate what's good in your life; everybody has blessings so take the time to count them.
We also like the advice from the Zen Habits, a blog about simple living. In the post A Powerful Three-Step Algorithm for Happiness, http://bit.ly/JdKZj1 the author recommends spending the day doing three simple things: 1) taking the time to appreciate everyone you encounter, 2) smiling and making eye-contact and 3) trying to express appreciation and love to all you encounter. Sounds simple but when was the last time you really took the time to express simple appreciation to those you love for their role in your life. Bottom line: happiness is contagious, spread it to others and get it back in spades.
Finally, you know us: organization is our reason d'être and we like to think organized people are happier people. Think about it: organized people are less stressed, more productive and have more time to spend on passions and people. So go ahead and add a little happiness to your life by getting organized!
Do you think it's possible to increase happiness? What is your surefire way of boosting happiness for yourself? For others? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Parents of bickering siblings may wish their quarrelsome kiddies would just stop arguing already, but the fine art of how to disagree agreeably is a crucial skill.
Too often arguing is seen as counterproductive, or emotions are allowed to trump reason and arguing becomes combative. When people disagree disagreeably, the opportunity to achieve consensus or to come up with a winning idea is lost. Done properly, arguing has upside.
Argue to Communicate
Gun shy about arguing? Look at disagreeing as just another way to communicate. In How to Disagree Agreeably, Real Simple Magazine offers a primer on how to compromise, clear the air and fight fair. Tips include: wait until your calm, pick your battles, be respectful and consider compromise, among others. Read on for in depth strategies on how to disagree with everyone from your boss, to your co-workers to your significant other.
Argue to Innovate
Arguing can be constructive, rather than destructive. Fast Company profiles one company that uses arguing, rather than brainstorming, to generate out-of-the box thinking. In Innovation Is About Arguing, Not Brainstorming. Here's How To Argue Productively, employees at one design shop chronicle how they use the model of "Argue. Discuss. Argue. Discuss." as the "special sauce" that allows for continual innovation. The goal? Deliberative discourse that achieves allows people to work together to solve a common problem versus trying to "win."
To work, deliberative discourse relies on certain key points including:
Do you ever argue constructively? What are your tips for keeping arguments agreeable versus disagreeable? Share your thoughts here and on the Pendaflex Facebook page.
Beyond FoldersTM is written by a team of Pendaflex associates
passionate about time management, communications, productivity and workplace organization. Believing in "continuous improvement" on both a personal and professional level, they share their unique perspectives on subjects of common interest to our readers.