How often do you clean your office cabinets or desk drawers — or move files into storage, or send them to the shredder? On the home front, how often do you clean your pantry and freezer — and what other kinds of tasks do you do in this irregular cleaning/purging cycle that feels so good?
Here’s a fun question for today: how often do you declutter your wardrobe? Do you have a “one in, one out” policy? How do you deal if you have a bunch of clothes that will totally fit if you just lose 5 or 10 pounds (and yet you never seem to lose those 5 or … Read More about How Often Do You Declutter Your Wardrobe?
On one of our older Hobby Wednesday posts, a reader noted that making digital photo albums were her jam — and I thought OH YES, me too. I made some great ones when I was younger with physical photos and mementos (my teenaged summer at Harvard Summer School is TOTALLY well documented, as is my … Read More about Hobby Wednesday: How to Get Started with Digital Photo Books
Here’s today’s topic, ladies: What are your best tips on how to store bills and otherwise organize your paperwork? How do you deal with the mix of paperwork, electronic documents, emailed receipts, and more? I describe my own record keeping system below, but I thought it’d be fun to see what other people do… I … Read More about Tales from the Wallet: How Do You Store Your Bills, Receipts, and More?
As the New Year starts, I thought it might be fun to talk about how to schedule repeating tasks — specifically, what yearly things do you do, or have built in to your year (month? quarter?) so that you can help stay on top of all the various tasks that build up, whether for your … Read More about How to Schedule Repeating Tasks
Readers, what are your tips on how to organize your personal email(s)? Do you use tools like Unroll.Me to keep clutter low, a ton of Gmail filters, or some other trick or hack? Do you practice a zero inbox policy with personal emails — and how do you keep from getting overwhelmed? (Psst: I know … Read More about How to Organize Your Personal Email
How do you keep track of different task items at work, readers? What are your best tips for how to keep track of work to-dos? Reader E wonders… I would love a post on how people keep track of work to-dos. Do people write down their assignments on their calendars, keep a paper to do … Read More about How to Keep Track of Work To-Dos
Do you have a spring cleaning routine at home? Do you spring clean your office? I’m sure there are more “yes” answers to that first question. But no judgment here! After all, my office cleaning “routine” is typically something like, “Wow, how did all this dust get here? I guess it’s time to wipe it off!” We … Read More about Tips and Tricks to Spring Clean Your Office
2017 Update: We still stand by this advice on how to take advantage of a quiet office during holidays, but you may also want to check out all of our posts on holiday business etiquette. It’s coming: the dead period around the holidays when many of your coworkers are out on vacation, projects are done or winding down, … Read More about How to Take Advantage of a Quiet Office at the Holidays
For some reason I’ve been in a big mood to organize our closets, so I thought we’d discuss — what are your biggest pain points when it comes to closet organization? What solutions have you found that you love? What are your best closet organization hacks? Pictured, clockwise: hanging necklace organizer / sweater bins / modular … Read More about Closet Organization Hacks for Sweaters, Jewelry, Shoes, Bags, and More
Speaking of focus and time management, now is a great time to mention: our friends over at Women’s Lawyer News have a new and updated version of their Billable Hour tool available just in time for 2017. After a 60 second setup, this spreadsheet will help you estimate where you are now versus your billable goal … Read More about The Kind of Magical Billable Hour Tool
Wall organizers with pockets are great for storing sunglasses, earbuds, gloves, winter hats — anything that you want to have handy to grab when you’re on your way out of the house. You can use a hanging shoe organizer to do the same thing, but I thought this one looked a little bit nicer. It’s perfect … Read More about Coffee Break: Hanging Wall Organizer