Published on Apr 4, 2012
http://www.ClutterDiet.com Get organized with home organizing tips from professional organizers at The Clutter Diet. The times they are a-changin! And it can be so hard to manage your time when it is flying by. A good time management system will help you in prioritizing your errands as well as everything else on your calendar. It may surprise you that with a few organizational skills you will be able to save a stitch in time without being a calendar crazed time planner cop. Today's video is the first in a 5 part series where Lorie Marrero will show you some of the time management skills she has developed over the years. It's true that with effective time management and prioritization you will feel like you added minutes (or even hours) to your time schedule. These Clutter Video Tips are posted frequently here on our clutterdiet organizing channel. You can search Twitter for #ClutterVideoTip also to find comments on our organizing tips. Lorie Marrero is the creator of ClutterDiet.com and the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. Lorie also serves as the national spokesperson for Goodwill Industries International and ambassador of the Donate Movement.
The Five Elements of Your Time Management Fingerprint:
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Put your organization skills to the test! Part 1: Capturing—Assignment: Decide upon your favorite capturing tools that work best for you and your lifestyle.
Hi. I'm Lorie Marrero & today's Clutter Video Tip is Part 1 in a 5-part series we're doing on time management. People are making a big mistake out there & that is thinking they have to conform to someone else's time management system & do it perfectly. People think they have to buy this company's day planner & they have to fill out those forms exactly as they are, or they have to buy this expert's book & they have to follow that person's advice & do it exactly the way they do it. And to me that's a recipe for disaster because 1 size does not fit all & I believe time management is as unique & individual as a fingerprint & it can change over time.
And today we're going to go over capturing. So you have a lot of information coming at you all the time & that information needs to be captured so that you can look at that later & decide whether that's something you actually want to do. If you're sitting at your desk that's really easy. You probably have a computer right there. You can type appointments directly into your calendar, you have a "to do" list right there. But if you're not at your desk, you probably have a paper & pen. There's lots of ways to do it. Paper & pen is a great way that most people use on a regular basis. But you may be out & about & you may not have a computer with you or even a piece of paper. But you probably have with you your phone.
Now, even if you don't have a Smart phone, you can still use some very smart things about your phone & that is a service called Reqall for one. Reqall is a free service that you can sign up for & you call the special Reqall number & you can say a message into the service & in a few minutes you will receive a transcribed text of exactly what you said via e-mail. You also have a camera on your phone & you can use that camera to capture information too. You can take a picture of somebody's business card or take a picture of the hours of a business that you want to frequent.
In one example also you can use an app with your camera, Evernote. And that is a way to capture lots of information into your Evernote database your camera works with it, but also you can type directly into Evernote. And, you have maybe a calendar or a "to do" list on a Smart phone. I use Remember the Milk, which is a "to do" list function that I sync with Outlook via my phone.
I'd like to give you an assignment today & have you think about what your favorite capturing tools are. And think about narrowing those down to just a few that are your favorites that you know that you will consistently check & work on. You can look at our Member Message Board area where we have our organizing expert team that has helped thousands of people in over 18 countries since 2006 for about the price of a pizza. You can see more about that at http://www.clutterdiet.com/learnmore.
See you next time, & may you always be happy & grateful for having more than enough.
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