How To Not Lose Your Phone Charger

How many times have you heard "Is this my charger or yours?"

Confidently answer next time by putting your name on yours.

Because my sister, friends, boyfriend, and mom all have identical iPhone chargers, I put my name on mine recently.

Spread the word! No more nameless phone chargers!

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119 CircleOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Subscribe to the weekly newsletter & receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com/subscribe.

Video: How to organize a shared desk

It's hard enough organizing a desk, but is doubly as hard when the desk is shared with a business partner or, in this case, a spouse. This video will teach you a solution for the clutter (and blame) that accumulates on a shared desk.

Do you share a desk?

If so with whom?

What issues do you run into and what would you change about your partner's organizing style?

Will you do things differently after watching this video? Will you share this video with your colleague/partner/spouse sitting next to you?

Please share in the comments!

kacyRoundOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

How I used Evernote this week: Saving a Sentimental Voicemail

8-birthday-cupcake-ruth-blackI saved a sentimental voicemail.  Ever since my birthday months ago, I've saved a voicemail on my phone of my mom and nieces singing "happy birthday."  Using the directions here, I held my phone up to my computer and played the message through the iPhone speaker with the Evernote mic on.

It came out surprisingly clear.  I now have this sweet birthday song saved forever in my "Memorabilia" notebook, freeing me to delete the message.

View audio note here.

 

kacyRoundOffice 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. Based in Silver Spring, MD, Kacy is nationally available for consulting & speaking. Reach her at 202.262.1207 and kacy@theinspiredoffice.com. Learn about Skype consultations here. Watch video lessons on office organizing here. Receive your free list of 100 Ways to Organize Your Office at www.theinspiredoffice.com

How To Organize By Setting Incredibly Short Deadlines

“Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

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What an “aha moment” it was to read this in Tim Ferriss’ book The 4-Hour Workweek. This is called Parkinson’s law and explains how and why modern workers take eight hours each day to complete work that can (usually) be done in a fraction of that time.  It also explains why it can take you a year to tackle a file drawer when you make it a new year’s resolution.

What if you gave yourself some ridiculous goals, such as:

- 5 minutes to take everything out of your office that you do not love or find useful

- 20 minutes to tackle a shelf in your supply closet

- 30 minutes to speed through one file drawer

- 1 week to sort and file every pile in your office

Would you be more focused?  Would you discover that tasks like these are never as difficult as they seem?  Would you do whatever it took to meet your deadline?  Is there even a chance that your quality of work might be better when working under pressure?

What project in your office can you complete by this time next week?  Aim big.  Cleaning out your pencil cup does not count.  What project can you complete in the next two minutes?  Cleaning out your pencil cup does count.  Please share thoughts in the comments!