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Put In The Big Rocks First

Do you find yourself scrambling for time?  Do you often think, “I have plenty of time to do this,” then end up rushing at the last minute to finish up?   Do you frequently arrive late because you delayed getting ready but then time got away from you? Steven Covey, author of “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People”, tells a story in one of his other books which appears in many places on the Internet.  (I took this version from…

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A Cautionary Tale about Q-Tips

My mother called me the other day to tell me that she had 750 Q-tips and was hoping I would agree to take some of them off her hands. Here’s how it happened.  My mother noticed  that the package of 300 Q-tips that she purchased at Walgreen’s quite a number of years ago was almost empty.   However, she was determined to buy a smaller package, since she and my dad use them up so slowly, and, like most of us…

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Practicing What I Preach

As a Professional Organizer, I live the advice that I give my clients.  I regularly donate unworn clothes and unused items; I efficiently process incoming e-mail and paper; I manage my time using an effective to-do list. But even I’m not perfect. That’s why I found it so satisfying last week to tackle something that had been nagging at me for a while — something that was violating TWO of my six basic organizing principles.

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