What Helps You Feel Organized?

Defeat the Enemy of ClutterIn our surveys over the last 19 years, lack of organization, disorder and clutter have come up many times as a major challenge to getting more of the right things done.

The distraction of all the “stuff” in our life—especially when it’s within sight as clutter—keep us from being more focused. And it seems that money and wealth tend to avoid drama, confusion and chaos, but is attracted to a well-ordered existence.

So what helps you feel more organized? What do you do that causes you to feel more in control of your life?

I’d like to know because I’m putting the finishing touches on a unique system for designing, creating, living and tracking your best life. It’s like a dashboard for controlling and monitoring your life and work.

And as we fine tune this system, I want to make sure I don’t leave anything out. So I would like to ask what are the things that have worked for you? What strategies, tactics, tools or tips do you have to defeat the enemy of clutter?

Leave your comments  below or send me an eMail at Michael@SuccessNet.org with your thoughts. I like to share what works with my readers, and I will.

“When things aren’t adding up in your life, start subtracting.”

“If it’s not useful or beautiful—it’s clutter”

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The One Thing . . . and a favor

I just finished reading The One Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. It’s an excellent read and a great reminder of the importance of focusing on one thing at a time.

The One ThingThe subject of the book is a take-off on something Curly (played by Jack Palance)  said in the movie City Slickers. To win in life, you just have to know the “one thing”. And like all profound things, it’s easier said than done.

You first have to determine what the one thing is and then focus almost exclusively on that. And Keller and Papasan quite effectively devote the book to the why and the how of doing so.

So I have a favor to ask. I’m putting the finishing touches on a complete system for designing, creating, living and tracking your best life. It’s quite unique and I’m very excited about it. I think you will be, too.

And as we fine tune this system, I want to make sure I don’t leave anything out. So I would like to ask you, what ONE thing would you want to do, change or have to take your life from good to great?

What ONE THING do you think you would need to do, change or have to get you closer to living your best life? In other words, what do you need to be your best? Please comment below and I’ll be happy to share the results as well as make The Best Life Navigator™ even better than it is.

Thanks for your help.

PS: I’ve always liked this acronym of FOCUS: Follow One Course Until Successful.

Focus, concentration, productivity

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  1. October 2nd, 2014 at 05:48 | #6

    Michael, assuming I understood my response is straight to the point. I agree with you that the key is in FOCUS (it is not easy though) followed by finding people to the things that focus displaces off my to-do-list.

  2. Larry
    October 3rd, 2014 at 13:54 | #7

    Eliminate clutter (and its causes)!

The Power of Synch

In my opinion, one of the greatest advancements in computer technology over the last few years has been the synchronization of data between devices.

Having our data in the cloud has certainly facilitated this, but it’s clear that our various devices and our applications are better designed to keep our data synched and up to date across multiple platforms. It’s a huge improvement over the way things used to be.

Many people have a computer, a tablet and a smart phone. I have just a notebook computer and a “phablet”—a large smart phone (Samsung Note II). And I use Google Drive as well as MS OneDrive to store most of my data. I love having access to all of my files from virtually anywhere.

And I really like updating my MS OneNote notebooks from my phone or my computer. Most of my life (at least the information in it) is now in OneNote (the best program Microsoft ever came up with).

Because I use Google Contacts, when I make an address or phone number change/addition in my phone, it immediately updates online. If I were to lose my phone, or get a new one, my 2,521 contacts would still be on Google Contacts. It’s the same thing with my calendar and my eMail. And my entire audio, video and Kindle library is available to me from my phone or computer using Google Play and Amazon Kindle.

Operating this way means that we have largely protected ourselves from a hard drive breakdown or lost-device disaster. That said, we still do a nightly backup for all the computers in our network using Mozy and FBackup.

Another place I noticed the “power of synch” was when we configure a new computer. It used to be that the biggest expense in buying a new computer was the day or two you spent getting the new machine configured and customized to your liking. But now, with many of your settings residing in the cloud, upgrading requires much less time.

Perhaps you’re already using some of the the power of synchronicity yourself. Good for you. But if you haven’t yet taken advantage of it, I encourage you to do so. It makes for more simplicity, ease and mobility.

Update Your Technology
If your computer is over two years old, you should definitely consider upgrading. Hardware and software advances mean that you’re working with antiquated systems. Maybe they’re not obsolete, but they’re certainly not optimal. Everything has gotten more compact, faster, easier to use—and less expensive.

For most of you, equipment and applications are tax deductible, so especially before year-end, you should consider getting some newer technology. With prices low, the increased efficiency should offer a quick return on investment.

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