Conquer chaos when sending e-mail

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1. Use the subject line effectively. It should concisely state the key purpose or topic of your message.  If you can also manage to make it sound exciting, great–but keep it to the point. 2. Limit the content of each … Continued

Smile File

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If you’re in the habit of clipping cartoons, funny stories, and/or saving printouts of e-mail joke lists, you might as well give them a good home. Why not set up a “Smile File”? (Unless you find it funnier to just … Continued

Baby your wastebaskets

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Treat your wastebaskets like babies: keep them within easy reach at all times, feed them frequently and change them often.

File Fitness Formula

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Three points to keep in mind for both computer and paper file fitness: 1. Grouping files into broad categories makes it easier to quickly find what you’re looking for. 2. The files you use most often should be most accessible … Continued

From Mail to Pail

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Despite the popularity of e-mail, snail-mail continues to be a major source of clutter for many people.  Here’s how to process mail quickly to prevent it from creating piles: 1. Stand next to a wastebasket or recycling system. (It has … Continued

Keeping track to get stuff back

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If you often forget to return borrowed items–or if others forget to return things to you–put a “return date” reminder note in your calendar for one month.

The One-A-Day Rule

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Each day, make a conscious effort to let go of at least one unit of clutter.  The “unit” can be one item or one container-full.  For example, I once received a letter from someone who had taken my Letting Go … Continued

Where did it go

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Never–even for a second–put a bigger thing, such as a magazine or a notebook, on top of a smaller thing, such as keys or glasses.

Handling e-mail overload

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If you receive dozens (or more) e-mails daily, you need to implement both a system for automatically sorting and prioritizing them, and procedures for prioritized responding. Block out daily “e-mail maintenance time” in your calendar or time management system. For … Continued

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