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10 Ways to Remove Clutter from Your Life

Our lives tend to accumulate clutter in every corner: on our desks, in our drawers, on our shelves at home, in our closets, on our computer — you name it, and clutter finds a way to fill every available space. But having a simple, uncluttered life is possible, with some very simple methods. Devote a little of your time to tossing clutter from your life, and keeping things relatively clutter-free, and you’ll be rewarded with much more pleasing living spaces, with a less stressful life, and with better organization and productivity. Clutter weighs us down, distracts us, brings chaos into our lives. Let’s look at some ways to kick it out … for good. Your desk If your desk is covered in paper and other […]

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10 Ways to Simplify and Eliminate Waste in Your Life

Everyone gets too busy. They pile up their tasks, responsibilities and often over-promise while struggling to maintain any kind of work life balance. It’s a hectic lifestyle that many lead and while I’ve written some articles on how to simplify your life and mind to get around this, there are other ways to help address this problem with the work and tasks you face. I learned a key principle while going through a training course for work and while reading Lean Thinking. The idea is to identify and eliminate waste. This can apply not only in a production environment like the book is targeted for, but in life in general. There is so much going on around us every day we need to really strive […]

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16 Habits That Are Killing Your Productivity and How to Fix Them

We’ve never had more tools at our disposal to work more efficiently, and yet we’ve never been more distracted. We spend most days trapped in our inboxes and shuffling around our calendars, only to be left wondering where the day went. We overschedule, overload, and overstimulate ourselves so much that it leaves us very little time or mental energy to get real work done. But what if you could clear your schedule, take fewer meetings, and say “no” more often? You might actually accomplish something. By eliminating these common habits from your daily routine, you’ll feel happier, less stressed, and more productive. 1. Commuting: Not only does a long commute eat up precious hours in the day, but it also leaves you feeling tired and […]

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5 Simple Steps to Clearing the Clutter (painlessly)

For a lot of us, the answer to most of these questions is unfortunately “yes”… Keeping your surroundings tidy and organized might sound like a chore, but it’s actually one of the best ways to obtain peace of mind and a calmer outlook on life. Here’s how to make tidying and decluttering as painless as possible. Schedule Some Time Like everything else on your to-do list, “tidy the house” will only get done if you schedule some time for it. Tasks like tidying, organizing and cleaning are incredibly easy to put off, because they’re rarely urgent… until, of course, you lose that very important report, your passport or your car keys. You could schedule a whole day or weekend to have a big spring clean, […]

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7 Secrets of the Super Organized

A few years ago, my life was a mess. So was my house, my desk, my mind. Then I learned, one by one, a few habits that got me completely organized. Am I perfect? Of course not, and I don’t aim to be. But I know where everything is, I know what I need to do today, I don’t forget things most of the time, and my house is uncluttered and relatively clean (well, as clean as you can get when you have toddlers and big kids running around). So what’s the secret? In truth, there aren’t any secrets. There are simple habits that you can develop over time that will get you to where you want to be. These are habits that you can […]

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7 Ways to Eliminate Emotional Clutter

Written on 5/12/2008 by Shilpan Patel of Success Soul. Imagine that you are making a futile effort to find a piece of mail stuck in a large pile of clutter on your desk. You are spending an enormous amount of time and stress to find what seems lost in the dreary clutter. It’s exasperating and extremely unproductive. Well, our emotions work the same way. Our emotional clutter absconds the life purpose, depriving us from connecting with our inner self. The deftness lies in building awareness to confront elements of emotional clutter and sort out what is important and what goes into the trash. If you can learn to make this separation in your life, you will begin to notice a new calmness as you go […]

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8 Top Productivity Apps for Your Smartphone Can Help Make Your Life Easier, More Productive and More Organized

Are you so busy that you fear you could lose your head if it wasn’t attached to your neck?  This list of eight top productivity apps for your smartphone can help make your life not only easier, but a lot more organized. It’s rather simple.  The more organized you are, the easier life is. Just think about it.  It’s a typical work day, and your schedule is particularly loaded with tons of tasks.  Not only are you overburdened, but you are also unorganized, making your day that much tougher.  So what happens?  You start to forget things.  Tasks that were absolute musts.  Forgetting them makes your problems grow exponentially.  Then the avalanche comes. You thought your day was busy before?  Now it’s even worse!  It’s […]

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8 Ways to Get Organized in 5 Minutes

Here’s the problem, though: not being organized actually makes us slower, which is something we certainly don’t have time for. If we don’t know what we’ve got, where it is, and how to find it, we run into serious problems, lowered productivity and raised stress levels. I’ve frequently found that taking just a few minutes to get organized will actually save a ton of time; and these things really only take a few minutes. Here are eight ways to get organized in only five minutes. Some are only for your computer, others can be applied anywhere in your life. Digitize We’ve all got lots of notes lying around – notes to yourself, things to remember, reasons why we’re fantastic (that one might just be me, […]

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A Clear Space, A Clear Mind – Tips For Office Organization

We’ve all heard the saying, “a clear space, a clear mind”. But what does it actually mean? Well, it’s quite simple – the more cluttered the space around you is, the more you have to think (or worry) about. This can apply to your personal or your working life. For the purposes of this blog however, I’m going to focus on working life. So here are some tips for office organization – so you can finally cut the clutter once and for all. Have a big clear outWhen I first started my job, I was amazed at how much space there was on my desk. A quick look around told me that this probably wouldn’t be the case for very long. Everyone else’s desk was […]

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Five Tough Spring Cleaning Projects and How to Tackle Them

When the birds return and the grass starts turning green, we want to fling open windows and set to scrubbing the house down from top to bottom to match the fresh new season outside. Spring cleaning can be hard work, but it can be made easy, too! (Permanently) Foggy Glass Shower Doors No, it’s not the remnants of your steamy shower. It’s a winter’s worth of soap scum built up on your once crystal clear doors. There are two solutions that can get those doors looking pristine again. The first is to use white vinegar in a spray bottle or to use a soap scum removal product (vinegar fixes a lot of house cleaning problems). Avoid using abrasive products or items to scrub it clean; […]

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