Podcast 067: Project strategies

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Got a big event coming up? Here’s how not to go crazy and get the wrong things done.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 066: Attachment to things

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People keep things they aren’t actively using for many reasons. Sometimes these things are valuable items that could be sold. Sometimes they’re gifts one can’t bear to get rid of.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 065: The junk drawer

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I know you have one. Everyone has a junk drawer. It’s okay to confess because, drum roll please, it’s perfectly okay to have one!

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 064: Time travel

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If you’ve been listening to this podcast or reading the book, you know I love tricks. I love to think up sneaky ways to get people to do things they don’t want to do, although they want to HAVE DONE them. You know that feeling. So, here’s your trick for the week.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 063: The big declutter, part 2

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What’s next with that big decluttering project? I’ll talk about ways to develop criteria and make decisions so you can make your vision a reality.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 062: The big declutter

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So, how do you tackle that big decluttering project? First, skim off the top. Get rid of the stuff you know you don’t want or need without having to think about it.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 061: Organizing basics

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I’m going to talk about some fundamental concepts and ideas about organizing. The two I’ll talk about today are: keep things you use often close by and things you seldom use farther away, and keep like things together.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 060: Managing passwords

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It’s about creating good passwords, keeping them safe and, of course, being able to remember and find them!

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Podcast 059: Living with others

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Living with others, whether it’s roommates, kids or adult children, takes work. Look at running your home like a business to improve productivity, communication and shared vision.

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This podcast is based on my book, 52 Simple Ways to Get Organized, available on my website. Each week I go into greater depth about one of the 52 ways. Some weeks I’ll take on different organizing topics and reader suggestions.

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Focus like a celebrity chef

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What do celebrity chefs know that you don’t? Well, you probably do know about it, but may not have thought about applying it in different areas. 

They spend a lot of time preparing before they work so everything will go more smoothly.

How do you set up your work space so you can stay focused and get things done?  Mise-en-place. 

Do you watch cooking shows? Of course, you do! Working in a tight space under a deadline, a chef has to keep paraphernalia down to a minimum. She needs to set up the work area so that everything she will need is ready and nearby. That’s mise-en-place, French for “putting in place.”  

A New York chef says, ”It’s like a very … Zen-like thing. All my knives are clean. Clean cutting board. Clear space to work. Clear mind.”

It also means that everything that’s not needed for the task at hand is not in the way. You have what you need, and you also don’t have what you don’t need. Unnecessary items just get in the way and distract you. 

Here’s how to get that celebrity chef feeling at home or at your office.

  • Keep your work area spare. lt’s tempting to keep current projects out to remind you of them, but that takes your attention away from the thing you’re working on.

  • Stash your other projects in folders in a file holder on your desk. That way they’re within reach but out of sight. Keep them out of your current work area on the desk
     
  • Look out the window if you need a break, rather than reading email. Whatever your view; street, trees, buildings, sky; it’s visually engaging but not mentally distracting.
     
  • No window? Put inspiring pictures and photographs on the wall. Serene images in colors that are soothing and uplifting occupy your visual attention and refreshing.
     
  • Keep a small notepad (physical or digital) for thoughts that pop into your head while you’re working. Distractible, creative types have lots of these thoughts. Jot your ideas down so they won’t be forgotten and you won’t feel the need to act on them immediately.
     
  • Doodle. Like looking out the window, this is a great way to switch mental gears for a bit. Moving your hand on paper without writing words engages a different part of your brain and can spur insights as well.
     
  • Let music set the mood. Classical music is the classic choice to aid concentration, but other types work as well. Most people prefer music without lyrics to distract them, unless they’re in a language they don’t speak.