Office Clutter

Tonight I was searching for a binder with examples of my work to use at a vendor show tomorrow. Funny - finally found it beneath a purple file folder marked "office organizing."

238419364_ce0edb6c45_m How's your paper clutter situation? I'm determined to get rid of mounds of paper this year.

Writer, the Internet Typewriter

I was searching for a minimal word processor. I didn't want a lot of formatting bells and whistles - just text. Microsoft Word has a lot of hidden code that can really mess up your blog if you copy and paste.

Writer,the Internet Typewriter Writer, the internet typewriter, by John Watson is one tool that I found. I love it! I can concentrate on writing and not be distracted by any of the usual clutter on my screen. Use the F11 key to expand to full screen mode. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)

And you can save the text, count it, upload it, PDF it, print it, send it to your email account or post it to a blog.

The default is this great green type on a black background or you can change the preferences for color, line spacing or font.

What word processor do you use?

Keeping It All In the Air

JugglingI was feeling really bad because some of the balls I've been juggling have been dangerously close to hitting the floor.

One of them is this blog. In my travels through the blogosphere I've read that it's better not to apologize when you don't write for awhile, so this is not an apology. It's more of a realization and my written intention to do a better job.

Another one is reading blogs. Lately I've been reading more and feel like it's time to get back in the game.

How are you doing at juggling?

Mind Mapping with Tony Buzan

I don't like outlines! They're boring. That thought comes to me as I organize my thoughts to write a class paper. So I'm exploring mind mapping. It's a tool that I don't know much about. Anyway, I found this great clip. Do you use mind mapping and how?

Visual Affirmation: The Secret of Your Abundance

Want a break? Try this short visual affirmation. . .

Learning Styles and Thinking Modes

I was reading a few posts today and came across Chris Cree writing on Successful Blog about Pacing Yourself. Interesting discussion going on over there and it prompted me to write this post (too long for comments).

First, I want to share something that I've incorporated in my workday.

Use a timer, especially when working on the computer.

I set the timer for two sets of 24-minutes each (see links below) and concentrate on a project. Then it's break time for 12 minutes. It's a treat for me to read, so that's what I'm doing today for my break. I get a drink of water or hot tea, sit in the sun, watch the bluejays eat peanuts, and read a bit. And I might sneak a peek at the game.

Lately I've been studying about learning styles (visual, auditory, kinesthetic) and thinking modes (left-brain, right-brain). So on my latest trip to the library, I found a couple great books about organizing and goal setting for the visual, right-brain person. I'll write more later about what I discover, but here's the titles. So far I've read some interesting tips.


There's so much I want to accomplish. For me it's all about focusing on the most important things (having a plan) and making the most efficient use of my time and workspace. What works for you?

Related posts:

Two 24-Minute Segments Work Better For Me

24 A while back I started using a timer when working on the computer and around the office. But 60 minutes wasn't working for me. Then I found the following posts about 48 minute increments.

Yesterday I ran across reference to these posts again at ToDoOrElse, and realized this works for me - with a little tweaking.

I set my timer for 24 minutes and work continuously. When the timer goes off I set it for another segment of 24 min. Then I take 12 minutes to stretch, get water, read, make phone calls, etc. Breaking it down into two segments of 24 min. helps me be aware of the passing time. Otherwise I can get very focused and forget to get up and move. This timer habit also gives me a sense of how long a project really takes.

I've shared this hint with others who tell me they have adopted the timer habit. Maybe we all use it in different ways, but the timer is key.

How do you manage your time?

Related post:
Forgot to Set the Timer

Forgot to Set the Timer

118829475_d4f6547d47_m Every day I continue to work on the 30 Day Organizational Challenge. I'm making progress, but it seems slow at times. I keep reminding myself, progress - not perfection. It's just a matter of setting a timer and working a little each day.

Thanks to Marjon at Personal Boot Camp for pointing me toward The Clean Sweep Program. I like the checklist format - it seems like a good way to track progress. I also spent some time reading about Thomas Leonard and his work. In fact, I got a bit lost on the Internet. That's why I usually set a timer.

How do you keep on track?

Photo on flickr by cdw9

Contemplating a Decision?

232518640_521aad097dI recently found The Do it now! article is great. I especially like the 60-second rule for making decisions. That's one I'm going to practice.

And the 'Guard thy time' section. Great advice for working effectively.

Photo on flickr by Victor Bautista

Quotes for Living

172072799_17f52733bd_b "You can do so much in 10 minutes' time. Ten minutes, once gone, are gone for good. Divide your life into 10-minute units and sacrifice as few of them as possible in meaningless activity."

- Ingvar Kamprad

Founder of the furniture brand IKEA

Photo on flickr by Shizu Bara

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