8 years later, this is still a favorite tool: Menubar Countdown

I just want to remind everyone of my ongoing love affair with Menubar Countdown.

Since 2009 this rudimentary, no-frills timer has been anchored on my menubar.  There's a very specific way I use it: It serves as my Pomodoro Timer, which is the only way I get ANYTHING done. 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

How I keep track of my reading list

You may have gathered by now that I keep absolutely every piece of information in Evernote. That is true for all but one category: books to read.  My Pinterest account slightly predates my Evernote account.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

How she deleted 5300 emails in 2 weeks

It seems the norm these days to have an inbox that is weighed down with thousands of emails.  With that also comes the expectation that it will always be that way, barring any impulse to blindly delete it all.  In my line of work, I’ve come to believe that drastic change is possible, but was still floored when a few weeks ago I received this comment on one of my old videos, Fast Tip for Email Inbox Clean-Up:

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

The magazine cure

Love magazines?  Haulted your subscriptions (kicking and screaming)?  Or, watching them pile up until the elusive indulgent weekend when you can get to them? 

The Texture app may be the cure to the cluttered magazine corner.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

An app for discovering your peak time of day

When I teach time management and productivity to groups I always poll the room to see when throughout the day people think they operate at their peak.  On average, 9 out of 10 say morning.  I’d choose morning, too, but have always wondered a few things about this: - Do I think my magic hours are in the morning because this is what the studies show?

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

3 Tools to Zap Paper and Digital Junk Mail

Digital Organizer friend Lilli Weisz of www.simplified.life recently reminded me of the effectiveness of using DMAChoice.org to eliminate junk mail! I had completely forgotten that I entered my information on their site years ago and absolutely noticed a decrease in junk mail in the weeks to follow and even to this day. 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Amazon’s paying me for my broken old Kindle

I’m a real stickler for recycling electronics.  Even if it’s just a single cord, into the trunk it goes for the next time I’m driving by Best Buy - they take accept electronics at their customer service desk for free recycling.  A client recently sent me this comprehensive New York Times article, giving an exhaustive list of electronics recycling resources.  It was news to me that Amazon accepts many broken gadgets and gives you Amazon credit in return.  It couldn’t have been easier to print their prepaid shipping label and get $5 credit in return! Read The New York Times' How to Sell or Recycle Old Electronics.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Where do old cellphones go to die?

You’re not going to like this.  Read  New York Times article Where Do Old Cell Phones Go To Die.  As of now, seems like the only power we have over the harmful fate of our cell phones is to resist the next upgrade for as long as possible.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

The Story of Electronics: The dark destiny of our gadgets

By now the original Story of Stuff video has been circling the internet for eight years.  This brilliant, graphically clear, easy to watch manifesto against clutter and consumerism has a cousin video, The Story of Electronics.  This eye-opening 7 minute watch reveals the dark and harmful destiny of our gadgets.  Though disheartening, we should still recycle every little thing we can, but the best way to create a different ending to our gadgets’ stories is simply to buy less & upgrade less. 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Texture App: Like Netflix for Magazines

Texture (formerly Next Issue) is the Netflix and Kindle of magazines.  If you like the smell and touch of a glossy magazine in your hands, it’s not for you.  If you don’t like the coffee table clutter and waste of magazines, it is for you.  Here’s how it’s like Netflix though: for a monthly subscription of $9.99 you get unlimited access to a full buffet monthly magazines such as Bon Appétit, Vogue and Dwell on 5 devices. Learn more about Texture at www.texture.com.   Is a clear coffee table and and newsstand of magazines in your pocket worth it to you? Please share in the comments below!

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Keep To Dos front and center with Jot

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 8.12.57 PMI noticed my client’s productivity inspired home page, and had to ask.  She was using Jot, a Chrome extension that keeps your to dos front and center, creating a simple default home page with a short to do list atop a calm image.  She admits that the to dos aren’t exactly getting done any quicker, but hey, any amount of effort is a step in the right direction!  Knowing that this would be the case with my clients (and me), I think Jot would work well for listing daily chores, rituals, and good habit reminders!  Learn more about Jot here.  

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

Want to read faster? Meet the Sprint speed reading app.

Do you also proclaim yourself to be the world’s slowest reader?  If so, we need to have a slow-reading-off, then get friendly with the Sprint speed reading app.  Access articles and pdfs via the app, and it flashes words on the screen at a pre-set words per minute rate, helping you to up your rate.  You have to take it for a quick test run on their site to see how well it works.  Raise your hand and share in the comments below if you’re going to try this, or if you have any other tips for speed reading.

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

A simple trick for remembering all of your passwords

I use 1Password to keep all of my passwords safe and accessible. In addition to that, it would be a good idea to take the advice in this Pure Wow article to concoct easily rememberable, secure passwords. No longer will you have to use the same password for all of your sites, or create complicated or utterly forgettable passwords. 

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Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide loves to do what most people hate: organize offices & paper.

She works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office. Kacy has been a Professional Organizer since 2001 and has worked with over 500 clients. Call her crazy, but she loves a good mess and wants to fix yours. Learn her time-tested solutions in her eBook, The Inspired Office: Organize Your Life One Paper at a Time. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking.

How I used Evernote this week to clip an interior design article

Do you keep magazines just because they have one good article?  If not, do you tear out articles or design pages only to have an "articles to read" or "design articles" folder?  Or worse, do these articles pile up in all corners of your bag, office, and home?  I avoid this with Evernote.  Last week I saw a stunning home in Architectural Digest that I just had to share with a friend.  I pdf'd it with my phone via Genius Scan (though I could have just as easily jpeg'd it with the Evernote app), saved it to Evernote, sent it to my friend, and ditched the magazine.  Next time my friend and I need (and I don't use the word "need" lightly) I can just look it up in Evernote, rending the colorful page much more useful than if they were stuffed in a bag. View the very colorful note here.

Never lose another photo

Screen Shot 2015-06-29 at 7.24.50 PMI really resist using technology late at night, but two nights ago I found an app so good that it kept me up til 1:30am: Google Photos.  WOW.  This is the photo organizing tool/app I've been waiting for.  Folks always ask me about digital photo organizing and until now I didn't have any suggestions.  I found iPhoto to be too cumbersome, so like many of you, my 1000+ photos sat on my phone.  I was uploading them to Dropbox for a while, but that took up valuable hard drive space.  Google Photos are in the cloud and I'm 100% fine with that.  Does Google own my photos now? Probably, but I really don't care. The pros certainly outweigh the cons: - Automatic uploads/back-ups from all devices - Ability to title individual photos - Searchable by date, location, face, title (even without a title or description) - Super simple creating of galleries - Easy sharing of galleries - Free

Here is a thorough, 10 min tutorial my my favorite YouTube tech guru, Steve Dotto:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KD1sxS1hIms

Do you have experience with Google Photos? Do you use another photo organizing/saving/back-up software or app that you love?  Please share in the comments!

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