clutter roundup holiday edition

Calendar by Dafne Cholet

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There are a lot of organizing “holidays” that have been created by different groups, for different reasons. This month’s Organize Your Home Office Day, Clutter Awareness Week, National Procrastination Week, National Consumer Protection Week and Financial Literacy Month offer opportunities to remind you about reducing clutter.

Here are some articles related to this month’s events:

I recently wrote about Organize Your Home Office Day, and you can continue to remove clutter from your home office so you have a comfortable, efficient place to work.

Living with other people means living with their preferred level of clutter, which can be a challenge in families. There is help for couples with conflicting clutter styles, as well.

I mentioned Consumer Protection Week previously, and recommend that you start to protect your finances and become more financially literate by getting a free copy of your credit report annually. You can avoid paper clutter by saving a copy to your computer instead of printing it out, then put a reminder on your calendar to check your reports from the other financial reporting agencies.

Some people view National Procrastination Week as a time to break free from procrastination, while others celebrate by substituting enjoyable activities for high-pressure responsibilities. Feeling overwhelmed?  Either way, you can benefit from doing less, but doing it better.

What are you doing to reduce your clutter this month?

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organize your home office day

Office by Aleksi Tappura

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Saturday, March 11 is Organize Your Home Office Day. Whether or not you work at home, you probably have an area where you pay bills and keep records related to your health, finances, home, car, pets or hobbies.

You don’t need a dedicated office, but you do need to quickly locate receipts, manuals or notices. You can avoid searching for papers by having a system for handling them.

You can start your office organizing project by gathering like items. Put all the loose papers in one box. Put all the pens, pencils and markers together. Put all the notebooks and notepads together.

Once you’ve sorted, you may be surprised by the amount of stuff you have. You can donate the excess or put it in a bin so you can replenish supplies when you run low. Give every surface a quick wipe and put back supplies that you actually use. Relocate things that don’t belong in your office area and throw away trash.

These steps will provide a refresh for your work area. If you need to spend more time sorting paperwork or letting go of clutter, schedule an hour each week to focus on one section. After a few weeks, you’ll have an organized workspace that you’ll be able to use productively.

Do you have a home office or do you use a part of another room for your paperwork?

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consumer protection week

2017-ncpwThe first week in March is National Consumer Protection Week.  Federal and local offices of consumer protection help you understand your rights as a consumer and avoid scams.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) provides online resources that can help you with debt, credit and loans, charity authentication, advertising, identity theft, and buying a car or home. They also offer 215 free publications that you can order from their website.

The FTC maintains the federal Do Not Call list so you can stop getting telemarketing calls. They provide a way for you to stop getting credit card solicitations, too.

With so much information available online, it can be overwhelming to find what you need to make informed decisions about your money. The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection can help you and your family avoid fraud and stay safer online.

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quote: invest in yourself

calendar-by-eric-rothermel

photo by Eric Rothermel

February is coming to an end and most people who made New Year resolutions have already dropped them.

If you want to make some change in your life, plan it, schedule it, and work at it regularly. You don’t need a particular day to get started.

Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. – Golda Meir

Small changes in behavior today can create long-lasting habits. Are you happy to live with yourself? If not, what can you do to improve so you can look back on your life with satisfaction?

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random acts of kindness

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Because I’ve been consumed with my technology issues, I let Random Acts of Kindness Week slip by me last week.

Given the negativity that surrounds us in person and online, I think it’s important to recognize that small gestures can make a big difference, whether or not there’s an “official” day.

You don’t have to spend money to extend a kindness. You can make feel someone feel good with a thoughtful word or gesture, which also improves your mood. On a list of 50 things you can do to brighten someone’s day, you might find one you can do regularly. Or consider trying a new act of kindness each week. You can find more ideas and interact with other people, if you want to share your accomplishments.

While you’re at it, when was the last time you were kind to yourself? #50 on the list is to tell yourself something positive when you start hearing negative self-talk. When you feel better about yourself, you’re able to accomplish more.

Did you do anything for Random Acts of Kindness Week? Is there one thing you can do to be kinder to yourself?

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productivity roundup – weather edition

Falling RainT.S. Eliot famously said that April is the cruelest month, but I think February is a better candidate for that title. It’s often cold and gloomy, and it’s hard to get motivated. April, on the other hand, can be very rainy but it smells like spring and there’s something new blooming almost every day.

I’ve been thinking about the impact that weather has on productivity. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) causes people to feel lethargic because there is less sunlight in winter.

Jane Ridley’s New York Post article describes a writer’s experience with SAD and what you can do to reduce symptoms

A survey found that, regardless of a SAD diagnosis, 10% of workers say they feel less productive on dreary days.

On the opposing side, this article in Forbes claims that bad Weather Is Good for Productivity because people aren’t tempted to be outside, having fun. (You can read the actual study here.)

Finally, this article looks at the effect of heat, cold and rain on employee productivity

Admittedly, it’s been a mild winter in my town; I know that other people have had a lot of snow or rain lately. Wherever you live, I hope you’re warm and dry and safe. Personally, I’m looking forward to April.

Does weather have an impact on your productivity?

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clean out your computer day

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The 2nd Monday in February is National Clean Out Your Computer Day.

You can clean your computer any day, but having a dedicated day might make you commit to doing it.

I’ve been experiencing a lot of computer challenges lately. I got a new computer and somehow I managed to delete everything from dropbox and when transferring everything.

Long story short, I had to send the computer back twice for repair and scrambled to get all my documents in place. While I waited for the computer to be returned, I noticed that I had documents I didn’t refer to. Just like physical decluttering, I let go of the things I didn’t need.

It takes seconds to delete a document, so do it when you discover something you don’t use. Don’t set up a folder to put documents in until you can go back and decide. Just delete it. If you’re not sure, don’t delete it. But if you downloaded a recipe eight years ago that you’ve never made or articles about a place you never visited, you’re probably not going to miss them.

The problem with setting things aside for “later” is that later never comes. Instead, make it a habit to weed your electronic files periodically. You can create your own Clean Your Computer Day. In fact, you can schedule it once a month. That way, you won’t be overwhelmed by trying to clear out all the junk once a year.

P.S. I got the computer back a few hours ago and I’m too tired to go through the process of setting it up, so wish me luck. Hoping this time it’s home for good.

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