Tag: Clare Kumar Chief Organizer

Week 10 – Desk Management – Celebrate an Organized Workspace (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar In a study commissioned by Professional Organizers in Canada, 7 in 10 Canadians who work say their workplace is disorganized, and disorganized Canadians report feelings of stress, frustration, and failure. Organize Your Desk Day, a yearly event on the third Thursday…

Week 10 – Desk Management – Maintaining an Organized Workspace (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Now that your office is set up for success, is your organizing work done? Well, if nothing changed, maybe, but our lives are always changing – we all know change is the one thing we can count on. So, here are…

Week 10 – Desk Management – 6 Strategies for a Successful Home Office (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar We’ve covered a wealth of material in this series which is applicable to any office, but working from home presents unique challenges. Numerous stats show productivity gains of 15% or more through working from home. Why is it then that some…

Desk management – 5 steps on how to organize your desk (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar We’ve covered the theory behind getting organized, but what about the practical side? How do you go from a cluttered to calm desk space? The following 5 steps show you how: 1. Commit Set aside 30 minutes to tackle the re-organization…

Desk management – 5 ways to control desk clutter (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Even with papers tidied and files put away, desktops can appear busy because of computers and the many peripherals and accessories we use. Here are 5 ways to reduce desktop disarray: 1. Wireless Peripherals Use wireless computer accessories such as the…

Desk management – 5 items that really belong at your desk (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Here we are, 8 weeks after beginning this series on organizing your workspace, finally talking about how to organize your desk. We have covered space planning, ergonomics, time management and information management before getting to the desk – the most used…

Week 8 – Information Management: Tips – Time Saving Tools (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar New features have been designed into data storage supplies to make them easier to use and to save you time. Take a look at your data storage processes and especially for any that are repeated often, consider feature-rich quality tools for…

Week 8 – Information Management: Afraid of Your Inbox? 5 Tips For Email Efficiency (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar One of the most common frustrations in today’s work environment is the volume of email. I commonly hear reports of between 100-200 emails a day and inboxes with thousands of unread emails. Coupling email with portable devices creates the expectation of…

Week 8 – Information Management: 3 Simple Steps To Manage Your Contacts (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar In business, it’s often said that it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. But, what good is that if you struggle to organize and manage your contact information? True, we now have more opportunity to find contacts through social…

Week 7 – Information Management: Strategies – How To Deal With Incoming Information (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar We are increasingly inundated with mail, some of it very useful to us and critical to our successful performance, but much of it extraneous and distracting. To avoid feeling overwhelmed by the physical clutter of paper mail and the mental chaos…

Week 7 – Information Management: Strategies – 6 Tips To Turn Your Filing System Into A “Finding” System (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar For incoming information that makes it past “delete”, systems are required to hold our active or “do” items and those we designate for reference. Filing systems are the most commonly used but unless set up effectively can quickly become cumbersome space…

Week 7 – Information Management: Strategies – Reference Material At The Ready (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Filing works well for storing some types of information but not others. Smaller papers can get lost, files can easily get out of order and they may not stand up to heavy use. Consider including binder systems and magazine holders to…

Week 6 – Time Management: Tips – 5 Time Saving Products (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar There are numerous products on the market designed to help you use time more productively. Here are a few of my favourite time-savers: Paper-Based Day Planners While today’s electronic tools offer easy organization, sharing and portable storage, paper planners have several…

Week 6 – Time Management: Tips – 5 Ways to Use Time More Efficiently (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Since time management is the most common challenge to being organized, here are five more time management tips to boost your productivity: 1. Group similar tasks Batch tasks of a similar type and you’ll accomplish more in less overall time. If…

Week 6 – Time Management: Tips – 5 Ways to Overpower Procrastination (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar A recent Leger Marketing survey commissioned by Professional Organizers in Canada reveals that of the 80% of Canadians who say they are disorganized, they appear to struggle most with their ability to organize time. Procrastination is one of the leading saboteurs…

Week 5 – Time Management: Strategies – Three Tools to Manage Your Time (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar I read an article recently that suggested that the average worker uses 13 different time management tools. The most common tools fall within the following three categories: 1. To Do Lists As discussed in the last article, I suggest creating master…

Week 5 – Time Management: Strategies – Setting Priorities (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Just like space, time is a limited resource. In fact, most of us would say this is a resource under constant pressure. With so many demands on our time, it is easy to feel pulled in several directions and be unsure…

Week 5 – Time Management: Strategies – 5 Ways to Master Your To Do List (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Our goals and objectives lead to numerous actions. Writing them down can help us make sure we don’t forget them, but is there a best way to do it? Here are three strategies to keep your To Do list under control:…

Week 5 – Time Management: Strategies – Setting Priorities (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Just like space, time is a limited resource. In fact, most of us would say this is a resource under constant pressure. With so many demands on our time, it is easy to feel pulled in several directions and be unsure…

Week 1 – Selecting Organizing Tools (Published on GetConnected.com)


Organizing tools are critical to creating an efficient and effective workspace. Tools help us group like items together, identify and contain items for easy retrieval, and place items in the most comfortable position for use. However, not all tools are created equal. It is…

Week 4 Space Management: Inspiration – Defining Your Office Style (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Given the amount of time spent in our offices, once designed for function, it makes sense to create spaces we truly enjoy being in. Since offices hold large variety items, selecting a style can help unify the space and reduce visual…

Week 4 – Space Management: Inspiration – Personalizing Your Space (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Having defined your office style through furniture, soft and lighting, you’ll want to consider the use of colour, art, and plants to further personalize your workspace. 1. Colour Colour in a space creates powerful emotional and cognitive responses. Did you know…

Week 4 – Space Management: Inspiration – Four Ways To Boost Your Creativity (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Out of the box, thinking is necessary to generate new ideas and even problem solve in our daily tasks. Since time is always limited, we have to be efficient even in our creativity. Here are four ways to boost your creativity…

Week 3 – Space Management: Ergonomics – Work Station Comfort (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Numerous studies show a direct link between comfort at your workstation and productivity. In fact, a summary of 250 studies on the impact of ergonomic equipment shows average productivity gains of 25%. Add to that the benefit of avoiding serious and…

Week 3 – Space Management: Ergonomics – Using Your Computer Safely (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Just as it is critical to have a supportive chair and a work surface at the correct height, it is essential to know how to use a computer correctly to avoid serious repetitive strain injuries. The following suggestions should be considered…

Week 3 – Space Management: Ergonomics – Best Practices (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar The equipment you use in your office goes a long way in setting up your chances for working in a healthy way. In addition to these, you will want to establish some best practices to ensure you are doing everything necessary…

WEEK 2 – SPACE PLANNING: DEFINING KEY PIECES (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Pretend you are visiting your office for the first time. Take a look around with fresh eyes. What do you see? Does every piece of furniture serve the purpose it was intended for? Are there pieces simply attracting piles of paper?…

Week 2 – Space Planning: Effective Storage (Originally Published in GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar After defining the key furniture pieces you need to support your work, the next step is determining appropriate storage systems. Storage is all about locating the necessary tools and information easily and retrieving them with the appropriate expenditure of energy. Rather…

Week 1 – 10 WEEKS OF ORGANIZING KNOW HOW TO GET YOU READY FOR ORGANIZE YOUR DESK DAY (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Every year, the third Thursday in Small Business Week is “Organize Your Desk Day”. Why a day to focus on something that sounds as simple as an organized desk? For many of us, an organized desk is an elusive reality keeping…

Week 1 – Organizing Your Workspace: Three Steps to Getting Started (Originally Published on GetConnected.com)


By Clare Kumar Simply tailoring your workspace to suit you and how you like to work will boost your productivity. People are different sizes and shapes and have different learning styles and responses to their environments. Some things in your office may be working…

Make Setting up an Effective Home Office Part of Your Pandemic Plan H1N1 is here. Is your home office ready?


TORONTO, Ontario – November 17, 2009 – H1N1 is here and causing havoc at home and in the office. Ensuring employees can remain productive by working from home is a critical piece of any business continuity plan. Health Canada suggests that as many as…

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