Organizing Tips: Minute Organizing

This minute organizing trick will help get your life back on track in as little as 5 minutes. Set an egg timer for 5 minutes and pick one drawer in your desk. Sort through the drawer for 5 minutes, recycling and tossing things you no longer need and organizing the rest.

Further Reading
Check out past Tip Day Wednesdays for more organizing tips, productivity, and time management tips.
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Tip Day Wednesday: Time Management That Really Works

There are ten smart organizing tips to manage your time in a productive satisfying way. Time management is defined as the ability to arrange, organize and schedule your time so you are more effective and productive in everything you do. Here are ten simple tips that will organize your day and let you do more with less.

1. Match task with time. Use this organizing tip to schedule time consuming tasks on less busy days, giving you the ability to organize your week better. This also prevents you from scheduling more than you can do to streamline your week.

2. Plan ahead and write things down. This often means using a planner and taking a bird’s eye view of what you want to accomplish. This lets you preplan grocery shopping consolidate errands, schedule in the time you need for your business or work and plan quality time with friends or family.

3. Think about creating a schedule and blocking time into half hour or hour time periods. This lets you limit distractions, creates focus and makes clear boundaries between work and play.

4. Organize as you go: spending a few moments organizing your desk, making a short list, or filling in a planner is a best time saver you can do. Small organizing moments can save hours in your week.

5. Limit multi tasking. Research has shown multi tasking may actually work as a distraction decreasing your ability to finish tasks efficiently. Get clear on the outcome or result you want to create and focus fully on the task you are doing at that time.

5. Group similar tasks together. Try consolidating errands, phone calls, e-mails, housework, or any personal projects. Doing similar or related tasks together gets you into the zone and often tasks flow to completion.

6. Develop a rhythm or routine for the things you have to do. Scientists state complex tasks become easier and general tasks can be done quicker when part to the process becomes a routine. Doing tasks at certain times of the day or week get you into a rhythm creating momentum and energy around what you do.

7. Prioritize daily. Look at your day and highlight the tasks that would bring you the most benefit. Put these at the top of your list and do them first.

8. Focus on task completion. Always start with the end in mind. If you are unable to complete a larger task break it down into smaller actions and focus on completing each step.

9. Set aside refresh time. If you find getting work done is really difficult you may not be scheduling enough time to rejuvenate and relax. Having a balance of work and play helps you to work quicker with more enthusiasm and concentration.

10. Reassess at the end of the day. Take a few minutes to re think your success or what you need to improve and make a plan for the next day. These little shifts in action that can help you be productive and efficient.

Time management skills are essential for anyone who works, manages a home and family, studies or is working in a home business. Try these smart organizing tips for better time management and increased efficiency.

by: Jane Alais

Further Reading
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Jane Alais is a professional organizer, the creator of Declutter Befree.com and the author of Get Organized-Get Happy A Step by Step Guide to Clear Clutter and Organize Success. She writes about strategies and solutions to declutter, organize and energize your home and your life.

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Organizing Tips: Do One of Your Organizing Tasks Daily

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Do one of your organizing tasks daily: No matter how small the task pick one thing to organize a day – your junk drawer, your sock drawer, your inbox – it doesn’t matter but if you commit to one organizational task a day you’ll be more organized, productive, and stress less.

Further Reading
Check out past Tip Day Wednesdays for more organizing tips, productivity, and time management tips.
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Do One Thing Today to Reduce Clutter

Monday. Time to get back to work. Time to get motivated. We decided to start the week off with a challenge that will hopefully motivate to do little things each day to stay and/or become more organized. Do one thing today to reduce clutter. You could delete at least 20 files today in your computer hard drive that you no longer need, you could go through your inbox and delete at least 30 emails you no longer need, you could sort the papers on your desk. The possibilities are really endless. Just do one thing. It could take you 60 seconds or 60 minutes, but do one thing to help you reduce clutter this week.

 "A natural made zen garden on the beach. inhale. exhale. calm."
“A natural made zen garden on the beach. inhale. exhale. calm.”

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  ~William Morris

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How To Declutter Today

 "A natural made zen garden on the beach. inhale. exhale. calm."
“A natural made zen garden on the beach. inhale. exhale. calm.”

“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”  ~William Morris

Monday. Time to get back to work. Time to get motivated. We decided to start the week off with a challenge that will hopefully motivate to do little things each day to stay and/or become more organized. If you’re wondering how to declutter today, you’re in luck. You could delete at least 20 files today in your computer hard drive that you no longer need, you could go through your inbox and delete at least 30 emails you no longer need, you could sort the papers on your desk. The possibilities are really endless. Just do one thing. It could take you 60 seconds or 60 minutes, but do one thing to help you reduce clutter this week.

Image via flickr by Jessica R.

What We’re Reading: Get Organized Today

GOT_cover_small_02The new book Get Organized Today is the result of a collaboration of many professionals. With each chapter written by a different professional the book provides organizational tips and tools to help readers simplify their lives. Full of practical ideas for busy lives, the book will inspire readers to get organized. Get Organized Today is an excellent source of productivity insight and organizational advice.

Professional Organizer Nancy Castelli, of the professional organizing and productivity consulting company BALANCE: turning matter into energy, wrote a chapter entitled Get Organized for the Planet that outlines 10 easy, sustainable, ways to get organized. Here are her ten tips from the book Get Organized Today:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Find a Donation Center You Love
  • Share Your Entertainment Collections
  • Unload Your Extra Office Supplies
  • Get Rid of Your Tech and Electronic Gear
  • Discard Lotions, Potions and Notions, Including Meds
  • Get to Know Your Local Options for Trash and Recycling
  • Identify and Eliminate Toxic and Hazardous Waste
  • Build a Home Recycling Center
  • Stop Shopping

Get Organized Today, $24.00, Power Dynamics Publishing.

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What We’re Reading: Get Organized Today

GOT_cover_small_02The new book Get Organized is the result of a collaboration of many professionals. With each chapter written by a different professional the book provides organizational tips and tools to help readers simplify their lives. Full of practical ideas for busy lives the book will inspire readers to get organized.

Professional Organizer Nancy Castelli, of the professional organizing and productivity consulting company BALANCE: turning matter into energy, wrote a chapter entitled Get Organized for the Planet that outlines 10 easy, sustainable, ways to get organized. Here are her ten tips from the book Get Organized Today:

  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
  • Find a Donation Center You Love
  • Share Your Entertainment Collections
  • Unload Your Extra Office Supplies
  • Get Rid of Your Tech and Electronic Gear
  • Discard Lotions, Potions and Notions, Including Meds
  • Get to Know Your Local Options for Trash and Recycling
  • Identify and Eliminate Toxic and Hazardous Waste
  • Build a Home Recycling Center
  • Stop Shopping

Get Organized Today, $24.00, Power Dynamics Publishing.

Image from Power Dynamics Publishing.

Clean Your Home And Office Hassle Free By Economizing

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By Guest Blogger Jerry Messat, of Cleaning Tips.

People nowadays spend most of their day in only two places: the home and the office. Upon waking up, they go to the bathroom to prepare for the day’s work, go to the kitchen to grab something to eat, and head to the office and stay there for almost the entire day. Then it’s time to head back to the house, relax for a while on the sofa and then go to the bedroom to sleep. This is probably the routine of most people. Therefore, these are two places that often need a lot of frequent cleaning.

But with all of the workload at the office, and all the chores at home, how can we find time to put everything in order and clean these two places. The answer to that is actually quite simple. The secret is to clean smart; you do not have to go and buy those big bulky machines and appliances that take forever to set-up and take even longer to finish cleaning just one area. There are a number of ways to clean a place without tiring yourself too much.

If you clean a place in an order that works for you and use some handy home-made tools to help clean you’ll save time and money. There are a ton of tips such as starting from the top down to economize on movement and to prevent dirt from coming back to an already finished area. Cleaning doesn’t have to be hard work, if you properly economize your time and efforts, it can be done in a cinch.

What are some of the ways you economize your cleaning time and effort?

Further Reading
To learn more cleaning tips visit www.cleaningtips.com.
Learn how In Order to Succeed can help organize and simplify your life at inordertosucceed.com
Spend Time Wisely: Clean Fast and Efficiently (July 2010)
Green Kitchen with Spaghetti Scrub by Goodbye Detergent (January 2010)
Image via flickr by Axel Tregoning

Economize Your Home And Office Hassle Free

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By Guest Blogger Jerry Messat, of Cleaning Tips.

People nowadays spend most of their day in only two places: the home and the office. Upon waking up, they go to the bathroom to prepare for the day’s work, go to the kitchen to grab something to eat, and head to the office and stay there for almost the entire day. Then it’s time to head back to the house, relax for a while on the sofa and then go to the bedroom to sleep. This is probably the routine of most people. Therefore, these are two places that often need a lot of frequent cleaning.

But with all of the workload at the office, and all the chores at home, how can we find time to put everything in order and clean these two places. The answer to that is actually quite simple. The secret is to economize and clean smart; you do not have to go and buy those big bulky machines and appliances that take forever to set-up and take even longer to finish cleaning just one area. There are a number of ways to clean a place without tiring yourself too much.

If you clean a place in an order that works for you and use some handy home-made tools to help clean you’ll save time and money. There are a ton of tips such as starting from the top down to economize on movement and to prevent dirt from coming back to an already finished area. Cleaning doesn’t have to be hard work, if you properly economize your time and efforts, it can be done in a cinch.

What are some of the ways you economize your cleaning time and effort?

Further Reading
To learn more cleaning tips visit www.cleaningtips.com.
Learn how In Order to Succeed can help organize and simplify your life at inordertosucceed.com
Spend Time Wisely: Clean Fast and Efficiently (July 2010)
Green Kitchen with Spaghetti Scrub by Goodbye Detergent (January 2010)
Image via Flickr by Axel Tregoning