Posts Tagged ‘clutter’

After Christmas decluttering party

By johannatime On January 10, 2015 No Comments
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Not sure about yours, but my home and life are always a bit of a mess after Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Routines are interrupted with visitors around, or us visiting, and presents need to find a new home somewhere in our house, or elsewhere. My my dear friend Do discovered decluttering after a big new year’s clean up last

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Habit of the month October: Unpack your bag

By johannatime On October 1, 2014 2 Comments
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Do you pack away and organise the contents of your bag the moment you get home? Or is your bag planted on a table or tossed in a corner, not to be looked at until the next day? Often, a bag holds ‘actionables’: Reminders of things you need to do. A business card from

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Spring clean!

By johannatime On September 11, 2014 No Comments
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Cleaning and decluttering are some of those things you don’t really look forward to doing, but when the work is done, you feel light and fresh, and after all it wasn’t so bad. In Australia, where I live, spring has started, so it is time for a spring clean. No matter the season, I recon a

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Clear Calm Consistent

By johannatime On August 11, 2014 No Comments
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Do you have a boring office? That’s good. Because boring will not distract you. In an environment that is clear and clean, calm and quiet, consistent and predictable, you can focus on your priority without the overwhelm and excitement. Save the noise for your Friday afternoon drinks.

You may have heard of ‘clean calm and consistent’ as a parenting principle? Professionals, in this regard, are similar

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Why filing should be a joy, and how to do that!

By johannatime On April 22, 2014 No Comments
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A difficult filing structure will make you procrastinate. A poor one will make you feel overwhelmed and waste time on searching. A good filing system supports your productivity when it is a joy to use. You can focus on your work, not the chores.

Do you have ‘to be filed’ stacks of paper laying around

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The e-mail diet

By johannatime On February 22, 2014 No Comments
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How many e-mails are delivered into your inbox every day? If it’s less than 20 you’re doing fine and you can stop reading. Most inboxes, however, collect crazy volumes, overwhelming the owner completely. How do you keep track of all this information and still be productive? Is there anything else you do but e-mail processing? Do you procrastinate on your other work because e-mail

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The truth about inbox zero: How e-mail processing is done

By johannatime On February 11, 2014 2 Comments
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Is your inbox zero once daily? Does it only hold the e-mails you need to respond to? Or does it contain hundreds of messages? No matter how you organise your incoming mail, a clear inbox makes you more productive and by clearing your inbox you avoid overwhelm and procrastination. Let me explain how it works:

What e-mails really are (about)

Let’s for now ignore

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Minimalism at work

By johannatime On September 15, 2013 2 Comments
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This blog post is different. Usually, I explain to you how things work for me and my clients. Today, I’m confused, and I ask you what you think. Because I’m researching the concept of minimalism, and I’m unsure if I’m ‘getting’ it. So please share your thoughs in the comments, or drop me a line via Twitter @johannatime.

In my attempt to understand minimalism, and after some

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Everything in it’s own space

By johannatime On July 21, 2013 No Comments
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Is the stapler frequently lost? Your bicycle often in your way? Or is there any loose gear hanging around that lives a nomadic life around your habitat?

Then this is probably the most simplistic yet fundamental organising tip I have for you: grant every item you have its own space. Somewhere:

  • Practical
  • Logic
  • Spacious

Stray items cause distraction. And distraction forces you to multitask. And

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A creative mess vs a swamp of clutter

By johannatime On July 7, 2013 No Comments
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Do you claim you need your mess to be creative, so cleaning up and packing away is your last priority? Well, you may be right. Or you may be completely wrong. Some would procrastinate on their tasks by cleaning the entire office or home before even considering to start working. There is logic in that approach:

  • Cleaning is easy because you’ve done it many
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