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The Power of Labeling

Two of my basic organizing principles are:  (1) Every item must have a home, and (2) Keep like with like. By selecting a home for every item, you know where to look for it when you need it, and you know where to put it away when you are done.  By keeping like with like, you avoid creating multiple homes for similar things. I’ve discovered a great way to reinforce these two principles: labeling.

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Fun Products For Organizing Paper

I have a confession to make.   Organizing products make me happy.  And products for organizing paper make me practically ecstatic. One of my favorite products at this year’s NAPO conference was Smead’s Stadium™ File.  So when I was contacted about reviewing the Stadium File, along with Smead’s SuperTab® Folders and Viewables® Color Labeling System– with a Target $20 gift card thrown in for my pains — how could I resist?

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Setting Up Your Desk Area

Once they have gotten rid of piles of paper and rediscovered the tops of their desks, clients often ask me what is the best way to set up their desk areas. Sit down at your desk and spread out your arms in all directions.  Any part of your desk that is at your fingertips is what I refer to as “prime real estate”.  Prime real estate should be reserved for those items that you use constantly. Make a list of…

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Streamline Your Links

Did someone ever send you a link to a web page, but it won’t work because it was split onto two lines? Send web links in confidence using one of three free programs that shorten them so that they won’t be mangled by the time they reach their destination. All three have cute, catchy names:  BudURL, SnipURL, and TinyURL.  (URL, by the way, stands for Uniform Resource Locator, and is the official term for a web address).

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