Why Is Getting Organized So Overwhelming?

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Recently I sat down to draft my monthly e-newsletter*, and I really struggled when faced with the “blank page” of the computer screen. That got me thinking: Often, the hardest part of any project or task is getting started. I know that can be true for getting organized. You may have heard me say that my mission is to make … Go >

10 TIPS TO SET UP A PRODUCTIVE WORK SPACE

Readers Digest asked me to share some of my best tips for setting up a productive workspace. If you want to be more productive – and spend less time at work – it’s crucial that you set up your work space effectively. Check out this quick article for tips about clearing clutter, using color coding, my favorite time management tool … Go >

Summer Productivity Tips: Stay Cool and be More Productive

If you’re hot and bothered, you won’t be at your productive best. During the “dog days” of summer (whatever that means), here are some tips so you can keep your cool – both figuratively and literally. Go >

Seven Habits of Organized People

  Fast Company asked Lisa for input on the article Seven Habits of Organized People. Read Fast Company article. GO Try It! Do you have a habit that keeps your organized?  Drop me a line here to let me know!

Time management tip: Do less, get more done

You know those items on your to-do list that you just never get to? Here’s a radical idea in productivity improvement – just don’t do them! I’m not talking about the report that you’ve been procrastinating on and that’s due on Friday. Do that. Soon. Actually, stop reading this and do it now! I’m talking about the projects you would … Go >

Things To Do Before December 31

You’re probably in full holiday frenzy, with an overloaded To Do list and a packed schedule. While I usually preach ways to pare down and lighten your load, in this case it pays to take on  a few more things to do before December 31 so you don’t miss out on a variety of money-saving benefits that will vanish when … Go >

Productivity Tip: Lessons from Fruit Salad

Do you feel like you’re not being as productive as you could be? Even if you’re successful, busy, and hard-working you may be feeling like you’re not getting things done. The fact is, with the nature of work these days, it’s futile to think that work will ever be “done”. The never-ending 24/7 work cycle and the constant flow of … Go >

Why Email is Like Candy

We’ve all heard the standard time management rules about how to deal with email: Limit your email to only 3 times a day Never check email in the morning (there’s even a book with this title) Don’t multi-task by emailing while doing something else. Seems sensible. But do we follow these rules? No. What’s going on? We know that email … Go >

Top Productivity Tips From Michael Phelps

“Don’t reinvent the wheel. Identify others’ best practices and do what they do.” That was some of the best advice I got as a management consultant, decades ago.       Even if you’re not a sports fan (and I’m typically not), you can benefit from adopting some of the practices of Michael Phelps – the world’s most decorated Olympic … Go >

E-mail management tips

One of the best ways you can improve productivity and effectiveness at work is to better manage your e-mail. Here are some tips to get control of your e-mail – and your day. 1. Reduce e-mail interruptions There is something about the instantaneous nature of e-mail that compels people to respond to each message right away. Avoiding this temptation can … Go >

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