Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Clutter Management In Just 15 Minutes!

It’s 9am and you have arrived at your desk only to have trouble finding your desk under all the clutter. So you do like we all do you just move it around so you can work. You think to yourself if only I had some free time. Well maybe you do! Have you ever heard the saying, “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time” The same principle works for clutter management. Here is a list of what you need:

1. 15 Minutes
2. Pigheaded Discipline and Determination
3. Storage

Fifteen minutes is all it takes to de-clutter you life. 15 minutes a day that is. Set aside a 15 minute block. Put it in your calendar. Make it a time when you really will have no interruptions. My favorite time is first thing in the morning. That little bit of time turns into roughly 60 hours a year. You could have a clutter free environment in 60 hours, right. Plus when your clutter is organized you save time by getting to what you need when you need it faster. Less time used more time gained.

“Pigheaded Discipline and Determination” is one of my mantras. I learned this in Chet Homes book “The Ultimate Sales Machine” The premise is to not let anything get in your way and stick to your plan. Make a little note and put it somewhere you will see it every day. Move it around so that it doesn’t become background.

Storage is an essential part of this process. As you organize you need a place to put everything. In old times we filed thing using folders and cabinets. Many an administrative assistant had their own way of filing which sometimes lead to panic when they were out of the office. Storing documents, images, emails on computers has revolutionized business. When stored properly using tags or OCR the documents become easily searchable. Storing them in the cloud (internet) means you don’t need to be in your office to retrieve vital information.

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