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Guest Consultant Donald Tex Bryant on Plan-Do-Check-Act

Recently I was talking to one of my clients about self-improvement. I asked him, “How many people get up in the morning and think about how they could be better today than they were the day before?” He answered, “Not enough.” Later as I considered his answer, I agreed that many do indeed live lives that lack direction and purpose, just getting by day to day, trying to survive their challenges.

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Grownup Back to School: Make Fall a Time to Reorganize Your Virtual Backpack and Pencilbox

LifeHacker had a great post today that I thought was worth sharing.  It’s about using the change of seasons as a catalyst to get yourself reconoitered and back on track.  The article advises you to:

  • De-clutter your computer
  • Empty your Inbox – he uses the trusted trio of Followup, Archive and Hold.  I like Followup, and Do Not Delete and Archive.
  • Reorganize your paper filing cabinet
  • Teach yourself keyboard shortcuts (*My son taught me Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste) not too long ago and I have no idea how I ever did anything without these two friends – try them instead of using right click or tool bar icons and you might be surprised how automatic it becomes and how fast it is)
  • Consolidate your email addresses, phone numbers, and calendars

Here are my additions to the list:

  • Learn three things about Excel that you continue to do the long/hard way because you’re too busy to learn the shortcut (yes, I’m talking to myself here.)  Try this siteor this one.
  • Catch up on your shredding (at home I have a box of to-do shredding, and a to-be shredded drawer that needs emptied – yes, I’m talking to myself again.)
  • Reorganize your online filing cabinet – here’s a great beginner article about files and folders, and here’s a short video tutorial from Expert Village on organizing files in Windows.
  • Delete unneeded email or understand archiving – here’s a website with information on using AutoArchive in Outlook (me again.)

What’s your secret weapon to getting/staying organized and ahead of the information deluge?

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