5 Ways to Say “No” …Gently

If you are going to manage your time, then you have to be able to say “No.”  Here are five ways to say “No.” in a positive way: 1. Counter propose a time frame that works for you.  “No, I can’t have it done on Tuesday but I could have it finished by Friday if that […]

When You HAVE To See Your Stuff

A lot of people still subscribe to the idea that being organized means ‘pulling a Felix Unger’.  The popular Odd Couple character was the fussy one that had to have everything clean, put away and in order.  Felix was not organized – he was a neatnik. Being organized is not about the ‘stuff’ – it about […]

Incremental Innovation vs Radical Change

I toured President Garfield’s home yesterday while in OH and I had that ‘everything-new-is-old-again feeling’.   While touring the library Garfield’s wife Crete (short for Lucretia) set up in their home as a memorial to the assassinated President, our tour guide, Charles, pointed out a desk given to Garfield as a sample.  The craftsman, named Woodson if I heard […]

Professional Organizers Are People Too!

Those of us naturally inclined to organization can take as much ribbing asthe pack-rat.  We have been referred to in unflattering terms – fuss budget, “a”retentive, neat freak – you get the idea. The truth is we all live on a continuum and we are all subject to the same natural laws.  The messiest person […]

Frequency of Use Rules

When setting up a workspace, it makes sense to place items based on how frequently you expect to use them.  These are the ‘rules’ I use when working with clients: If you use it every day keep it on or in the desk If you use it every week, keep in the desk or within […]

The Incredible Shrinking Workspace

Companies are not only rightsizing staff; they are increasingly downsizing workspaces.  A downsizing of your workspace brings on new challenges; especially if you feel your previous space seemed small and overcrowded.  As you work to fit everything in, here are some key ideas to keep in mind:  All storage space (desk tops, file cabinets, drawers […]

Drowning In Information? Here’s a Lifeline.

We are being inudated with information.  This flood of information can become a major source of stress and wasted time.  It lowers our productivity and leaves us wishing we could just drown and get it over with.  The key to good information management is having a good system.  A system is nothing more than having the […]