Don’t print that!

huge printerDon’t print that if you don’t really need a hard copy!

I remember one colleague who printed out every single email they received, and every single document.

So they not only had an overflowing digital inbox, they had an overflowing physical inbox too.

I get it. Some people actually need to have the piece of paper in their hands.

But I challenge you to be ruthless with yourself.

Do you really need a hard copy?

Or do you just need a reliable place for the digital copy?

Do your bit to save a tree. (And if you need a reminder, read the post about decluttering your office!)

 

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De-clutter your office

clutterOne of the reasons many of us get overwhelmed is the sheer volume of stuff that surrounds us.

It has been said that the average person spends up to one hour a day looking for things.

That adds up to 6-8 weeks out of every year – just looking for stuff!

I don’t know about you, but I can tolerate a certain amount of clutter and disorder. But sometimes that clutter and disorder gets out of hand!

One piece of paper out of place doesn’t seem so bad, but when that one piece calls hundreds of his little friends, and they call their friends, all of a sudden (it seems) your tidy pile is a huge cascade.

Trust me, it doesn’t happen over night.

When it does happen, get help. Declutter. Tackle one pile at a time.

Remember, it didn’t happen overnight, and it won’t be resolved overnight.

But, if you take on a bit at a time you will get it done.

And then you will discover you have more energy for what really matters to you.

 

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Set up your work space to work!

workspaceI have a theory.

Your work space is either set up in such a way as to invite you in and support you in what you are doing, or it is somewhere else on the spectrum up to and including compelling you to run screaming from the building!

It has been documented that many of us will spend at least one hour a day looking for things.

If you set up your office (or wherever you work) to work FOR you (rather than AGAINST you), you can eliminate most of that time.

What you need will be where you need it when you need it.

Please note, this does NOT mean a huge amorphous pile on your desk! You may be able to reach into the pile and pull out just the piece of paper you are looking for, but if anyone else touches the pile (or if gravity attacks and the pile cascades over) you are in real trouble.

Take some time to figure out what you need for your space to be truly functional, and make a plan to get your space in shape. (Hint: There are people who will help with this. You don’t have to do it on your own.)

 

 

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