Archive for GETTING ORGANIZED FOR LIFE

An Organized COVID Holiday Season – When Less is More

This year has been like no other in our lifetime. What an opportunity to re-think the holidays!

Whatever we do this COVID holiday season may — by default, or by design — also affect our future.

What’s important to YOU during the holidays?

  • Peace and quiet? (Or, have you had way too much of that already this year?)
  • Connection with friends and family? (Such a challenge under quarantine conditions!)
  • Traditions? (Some of them may not be possible this year or may need to be modified.)

Here are some things that you will naturally be doing less of this year…or, that you can totally get away with doing less of. Doing LESS of what you usually do might be a relief. It also might pave the way — and free up energy, time, and funds — to do MORE of something else you might enjoy.

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The Social Dilemma + 5 Steps for taking a break without leaving Facebook

Have you seen the new Netflix film, The Social Dilemma?

It’s an eye-opening docudrama about how social media platforms manipulate our behavior, even beyond the point of their original intent to make money from targeted advertising. You may have heard this before: If you’re not paying for the product, it means you’re the product.

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10 Easy Steps to a Clutter-Free Office

Staples storage box

Staples Economy Storage Box

More of us than ever before are working from home. A clutter-free office allows you to feel more comfortable, and therefore more focused, and productive. These 10 easy steps apply to any office, whether or not it’s a dedicated room, and no matter where it’s located.

A quick, easy decluttering of your workspace does not make you organized, but it does set you up for successfully finishing the organizing project at your own pace, while simultaneously allowing you to experience the freedom and focus that a clutter-free office can give you.

You still have some sorting, purging, organizing, and filing ahead of you, but you can start enjoying your clear desktop and functional workspace immediately.

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Don’t leave Facebook — organize it!

keep calm and stay on FacebookI know, I know…..things are bad. Really bad.

Racial tension, worldwide pandemic, financial instability, political division…so many sources of stress on top of the normal stress of our daily lives!

All of the news is upsetting — and some of it is inaccurate or biased. Emotions are running high and there is no end in sight, not really.

And Facebook is… um… shall we say flawed and controversial? It’s really no wonder people are talking again about leaving it!

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Are you feeling adrift too?

feeling adriftPLEASE NOTE: If your life is shipshape and full-speed-ahead, this post is not for you. Carry on!

If, however, you’re feeling adrift, keep reading…

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Org4life: Puzzles & Games

Do you enjoy puzzles and games?

If so, great! If not so much, allow me to remind you how many different types of puzzles there are!

To name just a few:

  • Logic Puzzles
  • Math Puzzles
  • Word puzzles
  • Riddles
  • Brainteasers
  • Jigsaw puzzles

Here’s a list of related Org4life blog posts, and the current status of my own gaming and puzzling life, for anyone who is curious, including the type of puzzle that frustrates me the most. (I originally drafted this post with National Puzzle Day, January 29, in mind, but have expanded it to include games, which surely outnumber puzzles in variety.)

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Are you wasting your “free time”?

Which type of person are you?

Are you spending your quarantine time at home, reading books, watching Netflix, doing jigsaw puzzles, and enjoying the heck out of it? Or maybe you’re industriously cooking and gardening, retooling your business to provide virtual services, cleaning and organizing your entire house, catching up on home repairs, learning a foreign language, and writing the next Great American Novel…? If so, this post is not for you. Carry on! You’re doing great!

If, on the other hand, you feel you are “wasting time”, and you’re feeling guilty about it…. or if you’re thinking, “Free time? What free time?!?!”, then this post is for you!

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Thriving in the Midst of Chaos

Flatten the curve — TP edition (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

There’s nothing like a crisis to bring out the helpful spirit and creativity in people.

Now that everyone’s stocked up on toilet paper, and hunkered down safely, the ideas are coming fast and furiously!

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The Worry Matrix: How to Decide What’s Worth Worrying About

The Worry Matrix

 

The Worry Matrix is a handy, printable tool that will help you decide what’s worth worrying about, and what isn’t.

In my previous posts — Clearing Mental Clutter and Why Worry? Take Action! — I covered the following concepts:

  • Worrying is just a form of mental clutter.
  • Worrying is like praying for something you don’t want.
  • The key to less worrying is more action!

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What do you love about your office? Here’s what I love about mine.

This is the view from my home office desk.

I think the key to being productive is to be comfortable and happy spending time in your office. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a corporate cubicle; a dedicated room at home with a door that closes; or another space you’ve carved out for yourself.

If you love your office, great! Carry on.

If you don’t, though, here are some tips and inspiration for decluttering your office and making it a place where you really enjoy spending time.

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