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Get Your Email—and the Clutter Within—Controlled

By Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce & Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands

Ever since the first tolling of “ You’ve Got Mail” from America Online, email has become a standard part of our lives, both personally and in business. Checking email has become a typical part of everyday life. For example, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, more than 90 percent of Internet users between 18 and 72 said they send and receive email, making it the top online activity just ahead of search engines. Another example: According to a study by the American Management Association, U.S. workers spend an average of 1 hour and 47 minutes per day dealing with email alone.

We could produce statistic after statistic saying the same thing. But the bottom line is this:

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Email is a part of nearly everyone’s life. The problem is that it’s also becoming a burden to time management and productivity. One of the culprits behind this is email clutter.

No, clutter isn’t restricted to your living space or place of work—it’s present in the digital world, too. There are several things you can do to keep a cluttered email box from ruling your day and getting back to a productive, well-managed lifestyle and workday:
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Messy Desk by Alan Cleaver

Seven Easy Tips to Declutter Your Busy Work Space

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

If it feels like a mountain is standing in the way of your goals, it could mean you have a clutter problem.

Most will tell you that a lack of organization holds them back from reaching their potential. That’s why decluttering your work space is a must for you and everyone else wanting to increase their productivity.

Start by facing the clutter in your most frequently-used work spaces. Continue reading

Money Burning by purpleslog

Is Clutter Impacting Your Finances?

By Lissa Cupp, vice president, e-Commerce & Consumer Marketing, ACCO Brands

Whether it’s that buildup of paper all over your desk and floor or a backlog of e-mail in Outlook, disorganization and clutter are costing you dearly. When you lack organization in the workplace, at home and at school, it produces multiple negative results, like missed deadlines or appointments, for example. Even more importantly, this clutter can actually COST you time and money.

Believe it or not, there are actually many “costs” associated with clutter and the need to deal with it. In addition to heightened stress levels and the general discouragement you get from just looking at the piles of stuff, clutter has a direct impact on your wallet and bank account. Continue reading

The Grass-Catcher List: Never Lose a Good Idea Again

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

No matter how skilled or thorough you are as a planner and organizer, small things are bound to get by you from time to time. Don’t fret—it happens to the best of us!

Similarly, during the planning process, there always seem to be one or two items on your to-do list that just don’t belong. They can’t really be grouped or categorized with other items or topics, or they are simply minor in nature compared to your more highly prioritized items. Nevertheless, they still hold some importance to you and could be diamonds in the rough, so it’s not wise to totally discount them from your planning.

How do you make sure you capture these things and avoid losing them into the void? Create a grass-catcher list.

Much like the bag on your lawnmower, this grass-catcher list contains a little bit of everything. Just as the mower picks up grass trimmings, leaves, small rocks and anything else in the yard, this list is non-exclusive and a perfect place for your miscellaneous tasks or to-dos, as mentioned above. Continue reading

Get Organized: The Time is NOW!

By Bob Sadowski, APR, Public Relations & Social Media Manager, ACCO Brands

Whether it’s that buildup of paper all over your desk and floor or a backlog of e-mail in Outlook, disorganization is costing you dearly. When you lack organization in the workplace and, in many cases, the home and school, it could lead to missed deadlines, wasted time and money, increased costs and, most importantly, higher stress levels.

Before you start your attack on this beast, always remember that there is no right or wrong way to get organized. Whatever works best for you is the answer. That said, to get you headed in the right direction, we have some tips that will help you start and continue this process.

  • Start with the “big picture” in mind. Figure out your priorities, and it will be easier to organize your things.
  • Use a planning and organizing system. Eliminate scraps of paper by keeping your calendars, schedules and to-do lists in a single binder or file on your electronic device or computer.
  • Invest time to plan each day, and make it a time when you’re least likely to be distracted.
  • Make appointments with yourself. Schedule your filing time, for instance, into your planner.
  • Batch the little things. It’s most efficient to do routine chores such as reading mail and filing all at once and then get on with your life.
  • Keep your primary work area free of clutter so you can concentrate. Move your “in” box away from that area to minimize distractions.

The key is to be sure to keep the “big picture” in mind at all times. After all, organization isn’t a destination—it’s a journey.

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