Aug 11, 2009

What does clutter do to you?

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Clutter affects you and the people around you in many ways, for example: You waste time searching for things Clutter occupies space You lose things Extra money is spent on items which have already been bought Money is wasted on excess furniture and storage to hoard the clutter Clutter makes you feel busy and causes unnecessary stress. You get distracted and have difficulty focusing Clutter affects your image. You look out of control You cannot prioritise or work efficiently when you can’t see or find the tasks that need to be done How do you know when it’s time for you to Declutter? It will become very obvious when: You have difficulty finding things You’re always saying, “I know it’s here somewhere!” You can’t see your desk for the mess You cut your fingers in the filing cabinet when you try to dig out...
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Jul 28, 2009

Clearing the clutter

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Did you know that clutter can bring you down? Think about how you felt last time you cleared out a space that was bothering you. It is a real sense of freedom whether it is a whole room, wardrobe or desk. It is worth investing the time in clearing the clutter. What is clutter? Over time our homes, have a tendency to accumulate and collect all kinds of treasures, gems and keepsakes. Now we all know that one person’s trash is another person’s treasures, but our homes can only hold so much!!! Our motto is “Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful”. Of course, this process will not be done in one day, after all it took years (or if we are really good, months) to make it this way. Start...
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Jul 15, 2009

Declutter your Mobile Phone

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Too often we leave the organising and decluttering until the end of the year – which is a busy time with celebrations and shopping. Or the start of the year – which is a good time for planning so why not schedule your decluttering gradually throughout the year? This means that it is not a massive job when it comes time to declutter. Rather than tackle a whole job such as the office at once it is great to continuously work on smaller areas such as your mobile phone. What you say? Declutter my mobile? Believe it or not there are many areas that do get decluttered in your mobile. Contacts Delete all temporary numbers. Delete any numbers belonging to people that you don’t know. If you are like me I always save numbers when...
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Jun 30, 2009

Its time to think about Christmas Shopping.

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The end of the financial year is a fantastic time to go Christmas shopping. Not because you have time on your hands, in fact it is to save time, save money and save stress. However like everything it is important to plan your shopping trip. It is time to think Christmas Shopping. So it’s important to have a plan. Planning First, consider who you have to buy Christmas gifts for. Think immediate family, extended family, kinder and school teachers, sporting coaches … spend time now making a complete list. Next, consider how much you would like to spend in total on Christmas gifts. Then consider how much you will spend on each gift. This will ensure you keep within your Christmas budget while shopping. Thirdly, take some time to think about what would be...
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Jun 18, 2009

End of Financial Year – Great time to review!

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We often focus at the end of the year on our review of the year that has gone, and consider plans for the New Year and then set goals based on what has been identified. The end of the financial year is also a good time to stop and take a look. It is worth investing some time in reviewing if you are meeting your planned objectives and goals. You don’t want to waste the next 6 months just because you could not spare a couple of hours mid year. Therefore take some time to check year-to-date highs, lows, the planned, the unexpected, the wins and the losses. Potential Assessment Questions. Perhaps the following questions may help with the assessment: Are we meeting budget? If yes, why, if no, why not? What have been our...
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Jun 9, 2009

Not-to-do lists

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Lists, lists, lists I love them. I have shopping lists, weekly menu list, 2009 goals list, action items list, to-do list, birthday list, presents list, cleaning my house list and it goes on. The problem with all the lists is knowing what to do first so the idea when presented to me of a “not-to-do” list sounded sensational. Author Michael LeBoeuf recommended the following for the not-to-do list: All low-priority items, unless you have successfully completed all your high-priority items. Anything you could reasonably delegate to someone else. Demands on your time from others that are either thoughtless or inappropriate. Any errand that, if ignored, will have minimal consequences. Anything you might have done for someone else that the person should be doing for himself or herself. Wow – what a great idea. Think of the...
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May 26, 2009

Office Organising Tips [Part 4]

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Conquer Your Filing In an idea office environment we should be able to find anything that we need the instant we need it. So why is it that we can not always do this? The answer is in whether we have invested the time to establish a filing system that we understand. It is easy to file items however the objective of filing is to find the filed items quickly. By creating a filing system where we can retrieve documents when we need to find them we can save ourselves hours a day. Steps to conquer your filing. Purge what you do not need! Put like items together in broad categories such as a main category, then a sub-category. For example, the main category is financial, sub-categories include bank accounts, shares, cash flow, profit...
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May 14, 2009

Office Organising Tips [Part 3]

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Tips to Save You Time when you Communicate Everyday at work we communicate too many people such as colleagues, clients and suppliers. We communicate in many different ways such as email, letter, quotation, telephone, verbal and non-verbal. Just as taming your desk saves you time so does clear communication. Phone call Before making a phone call take the time to write down the points you wish to discuss. Ensure the person you are talking to has the time to speak to you before you even commence your discussion, this way they will be fully focused on the conversation and you will both save time by not having to cut the conversation short and then have to repeat the conversation later on. Follow up If you need to follow up on something after your discussion...
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May 5, 2009

Are You Really Saving By Cutting Back?

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Recession, tighten our belts, cut backs, retrenchment and ‘batten down the hatches’. This is what we constantly hear and read in the media about businesses and the year ahead. Does this mean we should all live in fear of loosing our jobs, expect prices to sky rocket and escape somewhere else? Does it mean we need to stop living the great Australian way of life and start sacrificing our leisure activities, cut back on the kids after school activities and save every spare cent? All this, whilst we work extra hours so our employer sees us as dedicated and for no extra remuneration. Hang on a minute – we all deserve more respect than this in our jobs. Remember good people are hard to come by in any economic time. Isn’t...
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Apr 28, 2009

Office Organising Tips [Part 2]

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Organise Your Desk What does your desk look like? Are you happy with the way it is set up? Do you even stop and look at your desk and analyse whether it is working for you? Your desk can be a key factor in your productivity. A cluttered desk can affect you as follows: It can waste your time It occupies space You can lose things Money is wasted on extra office furniture and storage to hold all the extras you are keeping It can affect how others see you It can appear that you are out of control It can be difficult to prioritise your work when you can not find what needs to be done What to do: Keep only supplies that you need on a daily basis on your desk Ensure the top draw closest to your desk...
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