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22 Aug

Call the file by its right name

Date: 2012-08-22 12:00 Comments: 0

Finding digital files and documents that either we ourselves or our colleagues have saved at some point is usually not a problem – as long as they are ...

06 Jun

Are you structured enough to be able to relax?

Date: 2012-06-06 12:00 Comments: 0

When it is time for time off, such as last summer’s vacation, most of us want to feel and be freer our ordinary lives normally lets us. It feels good to allow for thoughts to flow freely and do whatever comes to mind. It is a true privilege to be able to let go of work and everything that our ordinary lives consist of, but unfortunately not everyone can do this effortlessly as ...

25 Apr

When you do not have time for a day to clean up

Date: 2012-04-25 12:00 Comments: 0

If you feel as if you have too much stuff, papers and things around you, and that you get so distracted by all the clutter as soon as you raise your eyes that you have difficulties concentrating on the task in front of you, I am sure you would like to have ...

28 Mar

How you determine what binders you can get rid of

Date: 2012-03-28 12:00 Comments: 0

It’s one thing to decide to rid yourself of binders and papers that you no longer need, but a whole different matter entirely to determine what is good riddance and what is not.

What if we happen to throw away something we one day might need?

Sure, you could ...

14 Dec

Eight parking-lots for your ideas

Date: 2011-12-14 11:00 Comments: 0

On occasion, you get an idea or two. They are amazing, marvelous and exciting ideas and sometimes even show a true stroke of brilliance. If you are in luck, they fit right in with what you need to focus your strength and energy on right now. But they can often concern matters which ...

02 Nov

How you get all the information you need right away

Date: 2011-11-02 11:00 Comments: 0

Have you ever experienced that you have been asked or assigned to do something, but later on it turns out that you and whoever made the request had a different view of how the task or service was to be performed. And perhaps ...

15 Jun

What the furniture dealer does not want you to know

Date: 2011-06-15 16:32 Comments: 0

Even if you establish a thoroughly thought through system for your good-to-have material (also referred to as reference-material), it will most likely evolve and grow over time. The more material you have, the more ...

16 Feb

How to organize your digital documents

Date: 2011-02-16 10:15 Comments: 2

How are all your digital documents and files doing?

Are they scattered about on your computer? Some on the computer desktop, some as attachments in e-mails, a substantial amount in various locations on your hard drive, and then you have all those ...

19 Jan

Eight steps towards an empty desk every morning

Date: 2011-01-19 10:01 Comments: 0

Do you get easily distracted by all the papers on your desk when you really need to focus on a particularly difficult, complicated or urgent task?

Do these papers and piles concern ...

17 Jan

The indispensable hanging file folders

Date: 2011-01-17 09:53 Comments: 2

When I wrote about the fact that a massive clean up once in a while isn’t enough to keep our workspaces cleared from distracting clutter, in the Swedish edition of our weekly newsletter Done! before Christmas, Gun-Britt Karlsson got in touch with me. 

With regards to keeping the desk clean, she wrote ...

21 Dec


Date: 2010-12-21 09:42 Comments: 0

We are approaching one of the times during the year when most of us take a longer continuous break. It might as well be the summer vacation, but right now it’s the Christmas holiday.?? During these breaks, a ...

24 Nov

Five good reasons for keeping an inbox on your desk

Date: 2010-11-24 09:56 Comments: 0

Unfortunately most of us don’t just have e-mails, phone-calls and good ideas which need to be dealt with in our daily lives, but also a continuous inflow of physical papers and material to process.

We receive mail, notes from colleagues, we have ...

26 May

Wastebasket with a month's delay

Date: 2010-05-26 10:42 Comments: 0

The fact that papers and documents which are trash should be thrown away and that good-to-have-material should be saved may sound obvious.

??However, ...

07 Apr

Have the cake and eat it too

Date: 2010-04-07 10:24 Comments: 0

I do not want these structural tips to be about specific software, but about smart working methods and attitudes regardless of which software you like to work with.

But, today I would like to make an exception and ...

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