Tag: Organization

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 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: 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 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 – 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 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…

WHY HOME STAGE WITH A PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZER? (from Streamlife Newsletter – April 2010)


By Clare Kumar Preparing for and living through a move is one of the most stressful things one can do. The benefits of staging a home to sell are now almost universally understood. If you want to maximize the sale price of your home…

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