Tag: Work flow architecture

The Nitty Gritty on Goals and Organizing Them

Setting goals can be daunting while others will rhyme of their long list of goals leaving you wonder how they will ever achieve all those things in the next 12 months. There are ground rules for goals  and these rules aren’t to burst your bubble but rather to keep things in check, trackable and attainable […]

Relationship with Inbox is Redirected Anger

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The love/hate relationship that you may feel towards your email inbox appears to be a case of redirected anger. You can’t gain control over it so you get mad (at it and possibly at yourself).  The damn inbox seems to represent that you  may never truly succeed and it taunts you by continuously filling up […]

Five Tricks to Help You Get Organized with Time

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed, like you’re always trying to catch up or like you’re doing your best and it’s just not enough? According to Environics Canada (2012) 63% of individuals said they are not organized with time management. We understand that this ‘getting organized’ stuff isn’t as easy as articles make it out to […]

The Sex Appeal of Email

Of course I have work to do but skimming my 156 emails from yesterday has this … dare I say, sex appeal. If you Google “what is sex appeal?” wikihow.com says that “sex appeal is, by nature, almost undefinable” … then goes on to explain how it’s a “nebulous quality that draws you to someone […]

Feeling like there isn’t enough time?

It’s no wonder that people are always saying ‘there’s not enough time’, especially after reading this list. I love Lifehack and they have captured their top 15 reasons why you think you can’t rest and relax. My top 3 of their top 15 are: You don’t plan your day You check your smart phone every […]

Town of Caledon – Mayor’s Business Breakfast

At the Mayor’s Business Breakfast I’ll refer to these apps that you can consider adopting for increased productivity while away from the office. Before you download these apps or any others, ask yourself these questions: Do you already have a tool that does this function What specific problem will this app solve? How will it […]

Organizing to balance life and work

There is an old saying, that I first learned from a carpenter, that goes like this: Pick two of the following three options 1) good, 2) quick 3) cheap You can have good and quick but it probably won’t be cheap You can have good and cheap but it probably won’t be quick You can […]

Calendar versus Tasks

We use calendars so we know what we need to show up for but where do you keep track of all the tasks….. by tasks I mean the tiny action items that require time to execute but don’t necessarily get scheduled into the calendar? A task can be a call you need to make tomorrow […]

Quick Tip for Organizing Paper

When Organizing Paper – group all like items together and file separately. Sounds funny but think of it this way. You’ll group all your bills that need to be paid together until they’re paid – once paid you can file them in their appropriate folders. Some may go into a “tax related” folder or a […]

Productivity Apps Galore!!

If you are looking for more productivity app ideas then this is the place for you! I am fortunate enough to be part of a powerful community of Professional Organizers who contribute different topics to Janet Braclay who then pulls tons this vast amount of content together and publishes it monthly. Many of her monthly […]

Task Management – Your Life Line to Remembering Everything Else

You need to book a dentist appointment in 6 months or you need to follow up with a potential lead in 5 weeks…. you don’t actually keep those reminders rolling around in your head do you? It’s really common that once people find out what I do they want to share the tools they use […]

Benchmarking Our Lives

Companies use benchmarking to identify the weaknesses within an organization and improve upon them, with the idea of becoming the “best of the best.” A retail manager will analyze sales, returns, profit margins, cost per square foot, and return on investment, comparing them to established benchmarks in order to make decisions about which promotions they […]

Tax Preparation – Beyond the documents

It’s hard enough knowing that your documents aren’t in order but then you read an article like this one and you start questioning your accountant. Do you remember your accountant? That guy or gal who you speak to once a year when you send them your tax documents and then they invoice you, you pay […]

Evernote: Junk drawer for your digital life!

There are literally thousands of articles you can read about ‘must have apps‘. This one certainly has a few of the top for functionality in day-to-day work/play life. Especially when they talk about Evernote. Evernote: Junk drawer for your digital life – Another indispensable classic, cloud-based notetaking app Evernote is quite possibly the world’s most […]

What’s Your Space Doing to Your Productivity?

Your space is supposed to give you a healthy and happy place to be productive. If it’s not then read through some strategies to get you well on your way in this edition of the Organized Lifestyle Magazine You can also head over to meet Mette and learn more about Danish Design in Canada and […]

Surviving Day 1 through 5 After a Holiday

Whether it’s March break, summer vacation, Family Day or a long weekend the first day or week in the office can be hazardous to your health, literally! Read through the tips 2-3 weeks before you leave on vacation so that you can create strategies for you upon your return. I bet you and your team […]