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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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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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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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Go Clutter-Free and Boost Your Productivity

We’ve got a lot of distractions. Between the TV, our laptops, our smartphones, our friends and our jobs, there’s a lot going on a lot of the time. It’s hard to be creative, to be innovative and to just be productive when you have a million different things grabbing your attention. How are you supposed to just hunker down and focus? How can you increase your productivity without decreasing your morale? On average, employees waste 4.3 hours per week looking for items that have wandered from their original spot. It’s easy to see why that leads to stress and frustration – think how hot and bothered you get when you can’t find the TV remote in the couch cushions. Whether you’re at work or home, […]

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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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Get Serious About Organizing Your Workspace! How to Organize your Home Office…What You Need…What You Don’t Need.

Is your home office a disaster? Are you so buried under piles of paper that you can’t find the computer? Wading through all that mess is wasting your time, so maybe you should finally get serious about organizing your workspace. Maybe you have the sort of job where you can do everything you need to do on a smartphone, but most of us require more than that. What you must have and what you can do without is personal, and you have to decide what is contributing to your productivity and what’s just taking up space. Location, locationThe first thing to consider when you set up your home office is location. You need a place where you have access to everything you need, like Internet […]

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Why Less is More And How it Affects You

Ever hear that over used adage “less is more”? Have you ever really given it much consideration beyond it being just another catchy “happy-go-lucky” saying? Most people don’t give it much thought, but there is deep wisdom there. Beyond just deep wisdom, there are some very BIG reasons why you don’t want to be a part of that dreaded classification of “most people”. In a modern fast paced society that pushes us to have “more – more – more” and work “faster – harder – longer”, it is no wonder that our waistlines, to-do lists, and headaches are also growing at a modern industrial rate. If you’ve never stopped to smell the roses and consider just how excessive and out of control the world is […]

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Know your Personality Type Before before Tweaking Your Life

Have you ever picked up a book on organization and thought, “Wow, this person is kind of over the top”? Or maybe your thoughts were a bit more along the lines of, “Aaarrg, don’t come near me with your labeler!” Overwhelmingly, authors of organization and time management books use those pages to describe their systems. It’s simple, they think – just follow these precise steps and everything falls into place. Wrong! There’s a major glitch in this approach. All those systems were created by someone that has no idea how you live. Their system may work just fine for them, but we are all different. In fact, I’d argue that there is no simple solution that everyone can simply follow and magically become organized. When […]

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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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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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