Category: Productivity

Be Nellie Bly, Stay Focused, and Remain Productive

Former newspaper reporter, ground-breaking reporter, Nellie Bly is one of my heroes.

For those who don’t know the story, Nellie went undercover in an insane asylum by posing as a patient, and the article she wrote after her 10-day stay changed the way New York City treated people with mental illness.

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Prioritizing is Like a Box of Chocolates: 5 Ways to Focus on Your Priorities

Forrest Gump, one of America’s early life coaches, taught us all many years ago life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you will find.  Sometimes prioritizing (and organizing) is like a box of chocolates, too.

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6 Positive Quotes to Boost Your Motivation

Do you use motivational quotes or sayings that help you work through a problem or difficult situation? If you do, you have come to realize that they can be a great source of inspiration for entrepreneurs and small business owners who often travel a bumpy road to success.

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5-Minute Organizing Challenge: Time Management

It is time for this month’s 5-Minute Organizing Challenge! What can you do in 5 minutes to get your life more organized? Did you know that February is National Time Management Month? That means the theme of this month’s challenge is all about how you can manage your time effectively.

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3 Simple Reasons Why You Should Maintain Your To Do List

How’s your to do list working for you?

Now’s the perfect time to re-think the process that is being used for managing your to do  list as there are probably an ever increasing number of tasks that need to be addressed in both your professional and personal lives.

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New Year Goal: Make The New Year a Stress-Free Zone

January is known as Get Organized Month for those of us who are professional organizers. We’ve talked about it many times on this blog (like here). Since increased organization is usually on the top ten list of New Year’s resolutions, it’s only natural that we focus on this specific goal at the beginning of each new year.

The start of a new year is also a time that usually gets people thinking about other goals. This is a time to reflect on past achievements and to look toward accomplishing new ones. Some people recycle their old goals or look at them in a new way when a new year rolls around.

This is a helpful practice that can allow you create a reasonable plan for the year, but there is …

One Goal That Trumps All Others

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3 Productivity Tips for People With ADHD

This post was updated on May 1, 2016.

Are you struggling with a looming list? Overwhelmed by all you have to accomplish?  Is it especially difficult to know that to do first?

There are things you can do to get  more accomplished and feel less stressed. If you have Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it can be helpful to create an easy-to-follow process to help you get more done. These three ADHD productivity tips will help you get started.

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Basic Tech Terms You Should Know to Handle Everyday Life

With so many technological terms being thrown around these days, I thought I’d create a glossary of basic tech terms that can serve as a reference guide. I was also motivated to write this post because of a recent conversation with my husband.

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Stop Procrastinating: 5 Strategies to Get You Started

Everyone that I know, including myself, finds themselves procrastinating from time to time. Does that sound like you, too?

Picture this scenario. It’s Monday morning …

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3 Ways to Get Past Decision Paralysis

3 Ways to Move Past Decision Paralysis

The stacks of magazines, the piles of papers, the stuff crowding the car out of the garage — there can be many reasons for clutter like this, but one of the most common is unmade decisions or decision paralysis. You look at a piece of paper, can’t decide what to do with it, and put it back in the pile. You are stuck.

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Simple Time Management: Figure Out Your Time Wasters

This post was updated on December 7, 2015.

If you struggle with managing your time, one key step to gaining control is to figure out the things that distract you and take your attention away from the things you really should be doing. Any task that stops you from completing your most important tasks (MITs) are basically time wasters.

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Simple Time Management: Get More Done With the WADE Formula

Use the WADE Formula by Julie Morgenstern to get more done.

*This post was updated September 10, 2015.

Raise your hand if you have lots to do and suffer from “not-enough-time-in-the-day” syndrome. Even if you just have one finger in the air, you should take a peek at the WADE formula. 

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