Unclutterer: Daily tips on how to organize your home and office. Declutter 101: Where Do I Start? Ready to cut clutter on the homefront--but not sure where to start? Standing amid the stacks and piles, it can be hard to find a good spot to dive in and begin. Too often, de-clutter efforts fizzle along with the light of day. This time, resolve to succeed! To get your organized journey off to a good start, try these clutter-cutting start points. They will help free a strangled household from the clutter monster. First Step: A Single Small Success At the outset, adjust your vision downward from the big (cluttered) picture, to zero in on one small, solvable clutter problem. Beginning your war against clutter with a small success provides welcome motivation for the long haul. Slow and Steady Progress Clutter tolerance seems to run a fever cycle, much like the flu. Just as clutter arises gradually, over time, so it must be fought gradually and over time. Resist the temptation to go all-out in fevered, short-term sorties against clutter. Schedule Declutter Sessions Trust me.
How I Am Productive I like to think that I get a lot of stuff done. Other people have noticed this and asked me how I'm so productive. This essay is where I try and "share my secrets", so to speak. The real secret is that, in the past, I wasn't nearly as productive. Hopefully these systems will work for you. So what are the systems? Organize The first step to being productive is to be organized and remember things without memorizing them. The Most Important Rule: Write Things Down If you only take away one system from one category, I want it to be this one. I've found in my life that stress has come in surprising part from trying to keep everything in my head. I've also found in my life that I constantly think I'll remember something and it's not worth writing down. How do you do this? However, don't shy away from the good old pen and paper if it gets the job done. Keep Track of Events: The Calendar A common mistake I see people make is to rely on Facebook events to keep track of their events. Prioritize Do
How to Organize Your Files Written by Jason Eisner in 2000, for new Computer Science Ph.D. students at the University of Rochester. by Jason Eisner Here are some suggestions about how to organize your work during your research career. Workstyles vary, and you will develop your own organizing system over time. But these are techniques that I personally have found to be helpful. Be careful, though - what really matters is the work itself, so don't spend all your time getting more organized than necessary! Keeping Track of Information Online Although paper has its uses, electronic files have at least four advantages over paper: easy to edit, readable from anywhere with a computer, harder to lose, and searchable. Partly for this reason, you may spend much of your workday editing files in Emacs. Put it in a special file. As for general directory organization, do it any way you like. You will probably organize your more personal files into subdirectories under ~/proj, ~/teach, ~/mail, etc. Version Control Administrivia
CLEAN MAMA See Jane Work | Pulling It Together Garage Sale Tips: Clear Clutter With A Yard Sale Garage sale, tag sale, yard sale--whatever you call it, the garage or yard sale is part and parcel of the American way of life. On sunny weekend mornings, slow-moving cars ("I brake for yard sales!") circle suburban neighborhoods as their occupants hunt baby toys and panini makers, auto parts and cocktail shakers. If you're in active declutter mode, the next stop is your house! A yard sale can clear clutter and score some cash, but it helps to have a road map. Get organized for a yard sale with a free yard sale checklist and yard sale signs, then try these tips for a successful yard sale. Gather Your Inventory Your yard sale inventory is living right under your nose. How to decide? Challenge family members to contribute, and sweeten the deal by offering a cut of the profits. To get the most out of your yard sale, consider finding a clutter buddy. You'll need room to assess, clean and price your inventory, so choose a location that has space to work. Do Your Homework
How To Be Productive and Get Things Done Using GTD Do you need more time to do the things that you enjoy? Of course, you do. For geeks there are tons of technical projects to mess with, but we don’t have enough time. Over the years, I’ve tried few time management and productivity systems. Few years back, I came across David Allen’s Getting Things Done (GTD), immediately it just felt right for my working style and thinking. GTD is not about telling you what software or tools to use to become productive. Why GTD for You? You won’t like any system that tells you to do things exactly as explained in that system. Getting Things Done (GTD) is a productivity framework. Overview of GTD According to David Allen, everything that needs your attention are called “Stuff”. 1. You are always collecting stuff. Office email in-boxPersonal email in-boxPhysical in-box at officePhysical in-box at home. The amount of things that goes into the in-boxes doesn’t bother me anymore, as I don’t process them as it shows up. 2. Office Email: Three times a day. 3. 4.
Want to Improve Your Grades…Improve Your Study Skills! Yes, it really is that simple. If you want to improve your grades, you need to improve those study skills. Choose a specific place to study and get the materials you'll need to use while you study. Next, you need to set up a schedule to do the majority of your studying. Keep a social life. Make sure you understand each assignment. Take good notes in class. See if your teacher is willing to meet with a small group of students for extra help. Highlight what you're reading. ou might consider study groups. Diet also plays a part in your grades. Now, go ace that test!
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