August 19, 2015

The Last Notebook You'll Ever Need

In my seminars I talk a lot about having ONE notebook for all your notes/phone numbers/ideas. I discovered Moleskine when I moved to Paris in 1999 and haven't looked back. I usually use one per year, depends. They have a great history and now they're available at Target and Staples. And if you're an Evernote person (which I finally am) there's a Moleskine for that, too. Have you used Moleskine notebooks?

Moleskine notebooks

August 21, 2015

The Filing Cabinet that Isn't

When I work with clients in their offices, they often tell me, "When it's out of sight, it's out of mind." This happens most often when we deal with paper and filing systems. For some reason, people think that the only place to file paper is in a filing cabinet. I have two thoughts on this:

  1. There was a study* done that shows that 80% of what we file, we never look at again. Ask yourself if you will really refer to that paper again. (*The Small Business Administration)
  2. If you are going to file a paper, give yourself permission NOT to use a filing cabinet. You can use a stair step file box on top of your desk, or a rolling cart that you keep under or near your desk. Think outside the box, and don't feel you absolutely must use a filing cabinet, there are lots of options.

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Filing cart

August 24, 2015

How to Keep it Together

Repeat after me, "like with like". This is a simple mantra that I teach all my clients to make organizing really simple. In an office, keep like things together. All the coffee supplies together, all the marketing materials together, all the tools together, all the pens together. Whether it's in a large warehouse, or a small desk drawer, put like items with like items and you'll always find what you need.

August 25, 2015

How a Paperclip Can Ruin Your Day

Here is another reason to keep your desktop clear: I just heard a story where a client (not mine) had a cluttered desk, a paperclip fell into the computer, and the hard drive was fried. Yikes! Now it's not about having a productive workspace...an errant paper clip (or spilled coffee) could make your data disappear.

August 27, 2015

Who Killed the Agenda?

What has happened to the meeting agenda? More and more I work in companies where no one seems to have an agenda anymore. Is it coincidence? Are meetings just becoming more relaxed? Without an agenda, people don't know how to prepare for the meeting, or why they need to go to the meeting in the first place. Am I the only one seeing this trend?

Killed Agenda comic

August 30, 2015

A Wise Man Once Said...

I can be a world-class procrastinator...particularly when I am afraid of taking risks and making changes. Thanks for the inspiration, Walt.

Wise Man quote

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