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Clutterbust Your Digital Life

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Spring is for reducing clutter For me spring has always been about renewal, simplification, and organization.  After the long rainy days of winter, I feel a serious need to clear out the clutter in my house (and thereby my mind).  It’s much easier to be brutally honest about the stuff that I legitimately use and […]

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Finding Time and Making Time

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Image by Sean MacEntee I don’t think I know a single person who doesn’t wish for more hours in the day.  I regularly lust after a functional time turner.  We all struggle with finding time and making time where there often seems to be none.  Well, sadly, time turners don’t exist, and the teleportation technology […]

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Todoist: My Happy Place

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It began innocently enough with a comment by my pal Suzan Butler last night about Todoist. “What’s Todoist?” I asked. “Oh it’s a list making program.  It helps me keep track of stuff.” Well OF COURSE I had to go check it out.  And yeah, it is a list making program–on STEROIDS. OMG.  I can […]

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I Am Not An Addict

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So yesterday I read Leo Babauta’s Zen To Done.  It’s got some good stuff in there, a system that I think most people would find beneficial at whatever level they managed to incorporate it into their lives.  I’m already a really efficient person, but this was a good reminder to reincorporate some stuff I fell OUT […]

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Efficiency 101: Blitz The Fridge

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Okay you’re probably wondering what the heck your refrigerator has to do with efficiency.  If you could see mine, you wouldn’t be asking that question.  I can’t FIND or GET TO anything without taking five other things out.  This usually makes me cranky because I wind up dropping or spilling stuff and grousing about how […]

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Efficiency 101: Break It Up!

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Did you know that when people get busy, exercise is usually the number one thing that slides?  I can’t remember where I read that, but it has a ring of truth to it.  I know that when I’m tired or frazzled, it’s usually the last thing I want to do. I live in a world […]

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Efficiency 101: The Power of “No”

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No. It’s a little bitty word.  Just two letters.  But it has the power to set you free. We are conditioned in our society that “No” is impolite.  We are supposed to agree to things because it’s rude not to.  It’s considered somehow wrong to set boundaries. Well just like it’s healthy to set boundaries […]

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Efficiency 101: Is It A Value Add?

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Our days are packed full of so many activities and tasks and obligations.  Since our planet shows no likelihood of suddenly morphing to a thirty-six hour day, and since most of us don’t get enough sleep to begin with and can’t cut out any more, in order to find more time for things, you have […]

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Efficiency 101: Know When To Multi-task

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We are a multi-tasking society.  This whole concept of accomplishing multiple things at once is so pervasive in our culture that I think, to a point, we’ve almost come to revere it.  And in fact, I am a queen of multi-tasking with the kind of life I lead.  I think multi-tasking is great.  Except when […]