Previously in this Simplify Your Life series, we’ve found ways to: Simplify Your Closet (What Not To Wear) Simplify Your To-Do List (What Not To Do) Simplify Your Life (What Not To Buy). This time, let’s turn to simplifying something which, for many people, is already in pretty short supply: leisure time. Simplify Your Leisure: […]
Having a place for everything and every thing in its place is a wonderful way to keep your space organized. But you can also apply this same principle to regular tasks, as a way to keep your time well organized, too. This has several benefits: You save time by not having to schedule regular tasks […]
Want to spend less time on emails but wary of sounding rude if you’re too brief?
Here’s the answer.
Write all your emails and replies in bullet points.
Add a note to your signature file to say you’re using bullet points to boost productivity.
In this series, I’ll be suggesting ways you can make things simpler for yourself in various life areas. Today let’s turn to your to-do list and time management. Simplify Your To-Do List: What Not To Do One of the smartest things you can do to simplify your life is to make decisions in advance. If you […]
Here’s a little trick to keep your brain working on your most pressing projects – even when you’re not. All you have to do is expose yourself to your current challenge just before you head off to lunch, the gym, a meeting, an errand, the shower, whatever. For example, Writing a blog post for your […]
Is a sense of overwhelm holding you back from the life you want? If you often feel disorganized, indecisive, or immobilized, it’s worth looking for ways to make your life simpler. Having a sense of what isn’t for you can be a super-smart way to cut down your choices, save yourself mistakes and feel a greater […]
Want to get better organized — but don’t want to spend ages sorting through your life? Then check out these quick and simple things you can do this weekend. Most of them will take only 5 to 30 minutes. You’ll start next week feeling lighter, more motivated, and better organized. 7 Things To Do To […]
Here’s something you can do to get better organized – and it’ll take you just 5 minutes!
Batch Birthday Shopping
1. Check your diary for upcoming birthdays.
2. Make a list of all the items you’ll need to buy for these occasions: gifts, cards, gift wrap, party supplies…
Sometimes in the quest to get organized you can become distracted by the accoutrements. You can find yourself buying all manner of containers, books, systems and paraphernalia, none of which bring you any closer to living a simpler, more productive or more organized life. These products can be a waste of money – but that’s […]
Here are some interesting and useful articles I’ve discovered recently.
Ideas to help you stop procrastinating, from organizing queen Julie Morgenstern:
How do I stop procrastinating
Even though this site is all about helping you move from procrastination to action, there are times when procrastination can be a smart move. We all have a drive to procrastinate – a resistance to getting down to the important things, a pressure toward more trivial tasks. The strength of that compulsion is an asset […]
Welcome to Mission #51 of our 52 Get Organized Missions! If your week invariably feels chaotic and at odds with your natural energy, personal preferences, and practical considerations, then you’ll love this mission. Over the next 30 minutes we’re going to create an ideal weekly schedule template – a baseline planner you can use for […]
Welcome to Mission #43 of our 52 Get Organized Missions. An unrealistic to-do list undermines your effectiveness in two ways: Having too many tasks distracts, overwhelms and confuses you – taking focus away from items that matter Inability to complete items de-motivates you and reduces your self confidence. Give your productivity and motivation an instant […]
Welcome to Mission #42 of our 52 Get Organized Missions. If your life is overstretched and you feel out of control, then use this organizing mission to cull your commitments. If you’ve completed the previous mission Get Organized Mission #41: Simplify Your Life Possessions, congratulations! This mission will help you simplify your time wasting activities. […]
Welcome to Mission #36 of our 52 Get Organized Missions. If you wish you could vaporize your paperwork, then you’ll love this mission. It gives you a chance to put into practice some of the decision making skills you picked up in the last mission Get Organized Mission #35 – Say Yes To Priorities and […]
Welcome to Mission #35 of our 52 Get Organized Missions. I hope you had fun completing the previous mission Get Organized Mission 34: Donate 50 Things. It’s a good mission to remind us to keep things simple and prioritise. One of the common obstacles to an organized life is having too many priorities. If you […]
Welcome to Mission #33 of our 52 Get Organized Missions. Remember when it used to be fun to receive new email? These days the inbox is more a pain than a pleasure for most people. If you’d like to reclaim a sense of control over your cyber-intray, just follow the 4 email-management steps in this […]
3 Steps To Getting More Done By Saying No More Often Graciously decline requests that don’t fit your priorities. How? 1. Instead of ‘No I can’t’, try No thank you Sorry, I’m already over-committed My strengths are in [insert area of priorities]. 2. Role play your response to build confidence. 3. Remember – you […]
Here’s something you can do to get better organized – and it’ll take you just 5 minutes! Establish an Errands List Find a notepad or piece of paper and a pen. Place somewhere convenient – beside the phone, on the fridge door, or beside your bag or briefcase. Create 4 sections in columns, rows or […]
Welcome to Mission #29 of our 52 Get Organized Missions. In the last two missions we took stock of your: Business tasks, in order to improve time management at work, and Home organization tasks, for better time management at home. This week we’ll do the same for your personal tasks – like grooming and exercise […]