meeting

A recent survey by management software developer AtTask and market research firm Harris Interactive asked 2000 office workers how they spend their time each day. Results showed that 7% of our time at work is spent in wasteful meetings. In fact, 45% of those surveyed feel time spent in wasteful meetings is the largest contributor to lost productivity. Meetings are necessary for communication and collaboration, but how do we ensure that the time spent is not wasted?

extreme adventures mexico

A couple months ago, my two daughters and I had the chance to do something I never thought I'd do. Typically, my fear of heights and "mother instinct" would have prevented me and my girls (ages 9 and 12) from experiencing one of the best adventures of our lives. But thanks to Vallarta Adventures, I overcame my fear and accomplished The Superman, the longest and fastest zipline in Mexico. What did Vallarta Adventures do? To answer simply, they started small.

orange timer on keyboard

It’s 9:32am, and you are in your office. You just got off the phone with a client and have notes to deal with, you have a staff meeting at 10:00, you have 2 phone messages, the board meeting you are in charge of is in 3 days, your manager asked when the report she is waiting on will be done, and you need to make an appointment to get your oil changed.  What do you work on right now?

email folder

How do you feel about email? If you're like many, just the mere mention of it brings feelings of stress and overwhelm. One of the largest challenges I see people face with email is the creation of folders for organization. Some have so many folders they have lost track of their original system, and others have no folders at all. What if I told you that you could manage and maintain your email like a pro with just five top-level email folders?

 

cleaning tools

Today is cleaning day at my house, one of my favorite days of the month. Before you think I'm crazy, I should tell you that I don't clean my own house...we hire someone to do that chore for us. About 10 years ago when I left my stable corporate career to start my business, my husband and I discussed ways we could cut back on expenses for a while. When the topic of the cleaning lady came up, we both quickly dismissed it as a feasible area to cut. Here's why...

 

luggage pile

“Trip enjoyment is inversely proportionate to the amount of crap (re: distractions) you bring with you,” according to Tim Ferriss, author of The 4 Hour Workweek.

I love to travel. I love the excitement of the journey and the fun of the destination. But, I do not enjoy travel preparation. Recently my frequency of travel has increased, spurring me to research ways to reduce the stress and time it takes to prepare. This is obviously a popular and passionate topic among many of you because when I asked my friends and followers on Facebook for their top travel tips, I was blown away by the response. 

 

 

apps

Last month, I attended the annual conference for the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO). It was an amazing three days of learning, presenting, networking and little sleep. At the conference, NAPO's technology experts met for the Technology Special Interest Group meeting. We were asked to share some of our favorite "apps" and you can imagine how eager a room full of tech geeks were to share.

 

strong_password

Let's face it. While passwords serve the needed purpose of protecting our digital information, most times they can just be a pain. To be effective, passwords must be changed often, be unique to each application, and contain a good mix of letters, numbers and characters. And, they shouldn't be written down! If done the right way, remembering all of our passwords and coming up with new, unique combinations is almost impossible. Below I share two simple strategies for making this mundane task easier and perhaps even inspiring.

killingproductivity

When someone chooses to follow me on Twitter, the follower receives a response asking "...what productivity-related topics would you like to see?" Most of the comments I receive in response relate to decluttering information, time management, or questions about productivity apps.  Thus, the following response from @StartFreshHere intrigued me: "Anonymity is a killer in the workplace - different ideas on honoring great work, and work ethic!"


survey

Last month, my Project Digital Sanity colleagues and I had the great opportunity to present to our peers at the National Association of Professional Organizers conference in Phoenix. As part of this, we created a checklist for tackling the endless amount of digital information we receive daily. When we are overwhelmed by our digital information, it's often difficult to know how and where to start to address the related challenges. Step back, take a deep breath, and visualize what digital sanity looks like for you. Then, walk through the checklist below to reach your vision step by step.

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